In May 2013, Concern launched a response to the shelter, water, sanitation, and hygiene needs of Syrian refugees and the host population in Akkar, the country’s poorest district. Our work has since expanded to include education, livelihoods, and protection against gender-based violence.

Quick Facts:

  • Population: 5 million
  • Life expectancy: 79.3
  • Infant mortality (per thousand live births): 7.8
  • Age 5 and under mortality (per thousand under 5 children): 9.1
  • Maternal mortality rate (deaths per 100,000 live births): 16
  • Literacy rate: 89.6%
  • Females with at least some secondary education: 53%

Our work includes establishing water and sanitation systems where Syrian refugees have settled, as well as creating new shelters by refurbishing unused buildings into multi-family apartments.

In 2014, Lebanon became the country with the highest concentration of refugees in the world. Since the start of the Syrian civil war, Lebanon’s population has increased by 25 percent. With formal refugee camps not allowed in Lebanon, we are addressing the shelter needs for more than 14,500 Syrian refugees. This includes bettering the living situation in informal tented settlements and creating new, multi-family shelter options known as collection centers. We are also improving the water, sanitation, and hygiene conditions for more than 56,000 refugees and Lebanese host community members. Additionally, we are helping hundreds of children gain access to high-quality education, providing psycho-social support to women and children, and helping build resources for communities to promote gender equality, reduce gender-based violence, and manage protection issues.