In 2019 in Lebanon INTERSOS implemented a wide community-based protection programme covering North, Akkar, Mount Lebanon, Bekaa and South governorates targeting refugees (Syrian and other nationalities) as well as vulnerable individuals from the host community. People with specific needs, and survivors or individuals at risk of violence have been supported with case management services, including emergency cash assistance, psychological counselling, group emotional support, legal representation and legal counselling and assistance. At the same time, individuals have benefited with a range of awareness sessions conducted by INTERSOS on protection risks including early marriage, child labour, prevention of violence, reporting of incidents, and other topics. The protection programme applied a community-based approach, mobilizing a team of 295 outreach volunteers, establishing and capacitating community groups. Finally, INTERSOS has provided shelter for persons exposed to specific protection risks in Mount Lebanon.
We work in Lebanon since 2006.
persons with specific needs supported through case management services
persons provided with emergency cash assistance
persons supported through legal services (including awareness, counselling and assistance)
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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