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Christian Aid in Lebanon

Christian Aid has been working in Lebanon for over 30 years, and has been responding to the Syrian refugee crisis there since 2012.

Working with five long-term local partners throughout the country, Christian Aid’s strategy has been to tackle the root causes of poverty and address the structural inequalities faced by the most vulnerable and marginalised in Lebanese society.

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Our aims

Our long-term vision for Lebanon is a peaceful future where equality is guaranteed by law and laws are effectively implemented, where people live in safety and with dignity and have equal opportunities to flourish within society.

 

  1. Strengthening resilience by working with the most marginalised to decrease their vulnerability to social, economic and environmental risks.
  2. Building inclusive, cohesive communities that provide equal opportunities and meaningful access for all members of society.
  3. Providing creative learning and livelihoods opportunities to children and young people in a situation of displacement.

I’m 16 years old, and I’m from Damascus. We came to Lebanon when the conflict in Syria started. Thank God, all of my family is OK, and they are here with me. We live in al Bas camp – it’s about a five-minute bus ride from the JCC centre. I love getting out of the camp to come here. I came and joined the agriculture classes, and now they started bee keeping I’m doing that. It’s a great place!

Syrian refugee living in Lebanon

In Lebanon we work on...

Disability

The Lebanese Civil War resulted in a high number of people with disabilities across Lebanon. The recent arrival of refugees from Syria has increased the number of those in urgent need of care. Christian Aid is working with partners to provide services and therapy to those most in need, and supporting individuals through vocational training to be able to gain employment where possible. 

Refugees

Lebanon has been home to refugees from Palestine for over 60 years ago, since the creation of Israel in 1948. Refugees from Palestine have very limited access to the Lebanese labour market and are often limited to menial work. Since the US administration cut all funding to the UN body that provides services to Palestine refugees (UNRWA) In 2018 the situation has worsened drastically.

We work with partners in Lebanon who specifically address these issues, and provide educational and livelihoods opportunities to Palestinians. Since 2012, our partners have also extended services to include Palestinian refugees from Syria, who have found themselves displaced once again.

Lebanon is host to the largest percentage per capita of Syrian refugees in the region, with over 1 million in the country. Since 2015, the Lebanon government has ordered a freeze on new registrations and so actual numbers are difficult to know. Without formal UN refugee camps, and highly restrictive government policies towards them, they are a highly vulnerable population – particularly those with disabilities, the elderly, women and children. All of our partners in Lebanon work with refugees from Syria. 

Gender

We are working to provide services to Lebanese, Palestinian and Syrian girls and women who have been affected by gender based violence. Along with psychosocial support and medical referrals, our partner KAFA is working to raise awareness among women of their rights under Lebanese law. We are also supporting KAFA’s women’s shelter in Lebanon, providing a safe space and medical, psychological and legal support for domestic migrant workers and women who have been trafficked.Our partners also ensure that all projects target women specifically, to empower them within their communities.

Humanitarian

Since 2012, we have worked with partners to provide emergency humanitarian assistance to Syrian refugees. This has included providing day-to-day support, such as fuel vouchers in winter and food parcels to the poorest refugees. This is now shifting toward more long-term support for those most in need.

Lebanon Associate Najdeh Drama Class

Children take part in a drama class at Association Najdeh's centre in the Palestinian refugee camp of Ein el Helweh.

Key achievements

Supporting refugees

Millions of Syrians have been displaced by the conflict, which started in 2011. Christian Aid’s partners in Lebanon have been successful in providing aid to the most vulnerable among the refugee population in the country.

Association Najdeh, with whom we’ve been partnered for more than 20 years, began its emergency response by providing 1,000 refugee and displaced families with food vouchers, women's hygiene kits, and psychosocial support - helping to heal psychological wounds and rebuild social structures.

Since June 2014, Association Najdeh's ongoing work in the Nahr al Bared refugee camp in Lebanon has provided psychosocial support to Palestinian and Syrian refugees, aiming to improve the wellbeing of 300 girls and boys and 700 caregivers in the camp.The Nahr El Bared project will be in part funded by our Christmas appeal in 2018.  

Education

The Joint Christian Committee (JCC), has been addressing the education shortages in southern Lebanon through providing children with courses in arithmetic, computer studies, and English, while also providing women with literacy programmes, and opportunities for men and women by teaching them how to make soap, keep bees, and build agricultural skills.

Youth engagement 

Since 2014, Christian Aid has supported community centres of our long-terms partner Mouvement Social (MSL), to help disadvantaged children and young people in Lebanon.

Our work with MSL supports Syrian and Lebanese children through educational support and psychosocial services in the Beirut suburbs, Sidon, Akkar, Tripoli and the Bekka valley. The project has been designed to help children catch up with the public school curricula.

We are also supporting MSL’s centre in Lebanon’s Roumieh Prison youth wing, which has worked with hundreds of Syrian and Lebanese minors to provide psychosocial support, vocational training and legal assistance. The project also aims to help young people reconcile with their families and communities, to better ensure reintegration into society.

Lebanon Father with Disabled Son

Six-year-old Mohammed Dayoub, affectionately called Hammoudi by his family, was born in Damascus, Syria, with severe physical and mental disabilities. Christian Aid Partner, LPHU, have been able to provide Hammoudi with 10 sessions of physiotherapy, and he is going to receive a TENS machine, which will stimulate his nerves and help his coordination, control and strength. 

 

Youth engagement

With our long-term partner Mouvement Social (MSL), we have been working to help disadvantaged children and young people in Lebanon.

Since 2014, Christian Aid has supported MSL’s community centres in Beirut to provide educational support and psychosocial services for Syrian and Lebanese children. The project has been designed to help children catch up with the public school curricula.

As part of the psychosocial support, and to further help young people whose childhoods have been disrupted by war, Christian Aid and MSL ran a project called Beirut friends: Our life in Photos, whereby Syrian and Lebanese children at the centre were given cameras to document their daily lives and enable them to express their feelings and discuss their traumatic experiences.

We are also supporting MSL’s centre in Lebanon’s Roumieh Prison youth wing, which has worked with hundreds of Syrian and Lebanese minors to provide psychosocial support, vocational training and legal assistance. The project also aims to help young people reconcile with their families and communities, to better ensure reintegration into society.

Our programmes

Irish Aid has been providing funding for Christian Aid’s project with KAFA since 2016, supporting Syrian refugees who are survivors of sexual and gender-based violence with services such as access to counselling and legal support.

KAFA is the only organisation in the area that provides holistic services to women survivors of violence. 

Workshops on protection and rights for adolescent girls and boys are held at KAFA centres, and women and girls have access to drama, music, dance and yoga sessions which allow them to express their feelings and support them to develop tools to strengthen resilience and positive coping mechanisms.

Since 2017, Bread for the World has been providing funding for Christian Aid’s work in the region through a multi-country programme in both Lebanon, with MSL, and in Iraq, empowering vulnerable people who have been affected by displacement and increasing access to services.

Reports and resources

A beautiful dove decoration to hang up at home or in church. Print it, cut it out, put it together and add your own festive message inside!

A beautiful dove decoration to hang up at home or in church. Print it, cut it out, put it together and add your own festive message inside!

Print out this poster to put up in your church.

Print out this poster to put up in your church.

An assembly to use with your pupils this Christmas.

Try this fun quiz to get your pupils thinking about the theme of peacemaking.

Use this article in your church magazine to raise awareness of our Christmas Appeal.

Use these fun activities with the children in your congregation this Christmas.

Some ideas to help you fundraise this Christmas in support of people affected by violence worldwide.

A short play called Hope and Peace by Debo Oluwatuminu. Read it aloud – or act it out – with your congregation.

Related news and blogs

Huffington Post - Child Refugees in Lebanon: finding hope for the future

June 2016: Máiréad Collins, Syria Crisis Emergency Programme Manager at Christian Aid, reflects on the heart-breaking reality of life for Syrian refugee children in Lebanon.

Left out in the cold: Syrian refugees with disabilities in Lebanon

How Christian Aid is supporting people with disabilities in Lebanon. 

BBC - Syrian refugees share 'safe space'

June 2015: The conflict in Syria that began in 2011 has made millions of refugees flee the country, many making their way to neighbouring Lebanon. Find out more about a photographic project to help young refugees from Syria integrate with Lebanese youth.

Contact us

Christian Aid Lebanon is part of the Middle East team, which is based in London, United Kingdom. Our team is comprised of individuals with significant programmatic, humanitarian, advocacy and policy expertise. We also draw on the expertise of colleagues from other Christian Aid teams across the world.