Concern launched a response in Lebanon following the influx of Syrian refugees and both their needs as well as those of the host communities. Our work has since expanded to include education and psychosocial support, livelihoods building, and gender equality.

“Concern is helping me by giving me valuable embroidery training. I’m learning new skills every day. I would like to open a small embroidery and sewing business.”

— Lama*, Syrian refugee and Lebanon program participant

Why Lebanon

Approximately 3.2 million Lebanese are in need of humanitarian assistance

Lebanon is already home to almost 7 million people. With the war in Syria now in its tenth year, the country’s population has expanded by nearly 25% with approximately 1.5 million Syrian refugees.

Many are competing with vulnerable Lebanese for affordable housing, decent work, and services. The worsening economic crisis, combined with COVID-19 and the August 2020 explosion in Beirut, has forced families to make difficult decisions to survive. Many families are falling deeper into debt as livelihood opportunities are decreasing dramatically, and public and private services fail to respond to people’s needs. This leads families to adopt negative strategies such as child labour, child marriage, and reduced food consumption.

Latest Achievements

  • COVID-19 Response

    As of June 2020, Concern’s COVID-19 response reached 3,098 individuals through awareness-raising sessions and distribution of hygiene kits. Concern also rehabilitated an isolation facility for COVID-19 cases.

  • Psychosocial Support

    In 2019, 2,261 adults and children benefited from Engaging Men and Women and psychosocial-support sessions. Since Lebanon’s COVID-19 outbreak, Concern’s Case Management Team provides remote support to Child Protection and GBV cases.

  • Livelihoods

    In 2019, Concern supported 2,311 Syrian and Lebanese through its Livelihood interventions, which fell into the following categories: agricultural production, cooperative and MSMEs support, TVET, and decent work awareness-raising

Our work in Lebanon

Our work in Lebanon serves both Syrian refugees and Lebanese nationals, focusing on shelter, access to water, livelihood generation, education and psychosocial support, and — more recently — responses to both COVID-19 and the 2020 explosion in Beirut. Every program includes the intersectional themes of protection, equality, and inclusion.

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