Seven years on since the start of the crisis in Syria and the needs of one and a half million (of these one million registered) Syrian refugees continue to grow in Lebanon

Lebanon

Seven years of war in Syria and a prolonged refugee crisis has led to a 25 per cent increase in Lebanon's population.

COUNTRY OVERVIEW

Since civil war in Syria broke out, the 25 per cent increase in the population living in Lebanon has had a severe impact on the country’s fragile structure and local communities’ wellbeing.

Seven years on since the start of the crisis in Syria and the needs of one and a half million (of these one million registered) Syrian refugees continue to grow. The challenges are greater than ever: refugees are faced with massive socioeconomic difficulties and suffer deep vulnerabilities, in the midst of growing pressure on the host communities and an uncertain future.

242,676
People we helped in 2017

WHAT WE ARE DOING

Present in Lebanon since 2006, our food security and water and sanitation programmes have expanded as tension and instability has grown. We are distributing livestock, rehabilitating farms and fields, providing veterinary services to prevent disease, and training communities in water and sanitation management. As refugees pour in from the Syrian conflict, our teams will continue to support new arrivals and host communities alike.

We are therefore working to ensure that the short-term assistance responds to lasting needs and that the Lebanese population are benefiting from the programmes through local production and purchase, improved competition and enterprise creation.

Given the impact of the Syrian crisis and the subsequent influx of a staggering number of refugees fleeing the violence, Action Against Hunger rapidly increased our cover – from Bekaa to the entire South region, including important programmes in difficult to reach areas – to:

  • Deliver emergency aid
  • Food security and nutrition programmes
  • Offering a response to the needs of the affected population.
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Facts

Number of Staff
147
Operating since
2006
Based in
Beirut, Zahle, Sur