Since 2013 we have been operational in responding to the humanitarian crisis triggered by the Syrian conflict, supporting both Syrian refugees and the most vulnerable Lebanese. During 2017, our projects covered several areas of the Governorates of Beirut, Mount Lebanon, Beqaa, Tripoli, Aakkar, Hermel and Tyr.
Our interventions focus on the protection of the most vulnerable groups, with special attention to children and the fight against gender violence, with specific activities of psychological and psychosocial support, legal assistance and informal education. These activities are carried out also thanks to the many community centres and safe spaces for women and children managed by INTERSOS. Over the course of the year, the refugees also benefited from our economic support linked to actions in the nutritional field aimed at improving their general health conditions. At the same time we have guaranteed access to drinking water and basic sanitation for women, men and children, also supporting local municipalities in improving the supply of water to the local population.
SUPPORTED COMMUNITY CENTERS (2018)
PEOPLE ASSISTED IN COMMUNITY CENTERS (2018)
PEOPLE WHO RECEIVED ASSISTANCE AND LEGAL REPRESENTATION (2018)
PEOPLE WITH IMPROVED ACCESS TO WATER AND HYGIENE SERVICES (2018)
RECIPIENTS OF VOUCHERS (2018)
TARGET POPULATION (2018)
NUMBER OF PROJECTS (2018)
Due to the continuing Syrian crisis, Lebanon is the country with the highest rate of refugees per capita in the world: in January 2018, the Lebanese government estimated that more than 1,500,000 people escaped from the conflict in Syria (including 995,512 registered as refugees with the UNHCR), 34,000 Palestinian refugees from Syria and more than 277,985 Palestinian refugees already in Lebanon (LHF, Annual Report 2017). More than 76% of Syrian refugees live below the poverty line and 91% of them lived in food insecurity in 2017.
The deterioration of the country’s economic situation, along with high levels of unemployment, has accentuated tensions between host communities and refugees, exacerbated by the fact that Syrian refugees are housed in the poorest areas of Lebanon, further deteriorating the levels of poverty. 64% of the population in Lebanon does not have access to drinking water services, while the health sector struggles to meet all the demand. The socioeconomic vulnerabilities of the country, coupled with the current crisis, have resulted in an increase in levels of violence against women and children.
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