Concern became operational in Lebanon in 2013 following a massive influx of refugees from Syria. We have been responding ever since to the increasing humanitarian needs of the estimated 1.5 million vulnerable Syrian refugees and the overstretched local host communities.
Since 2020, we have increased our work in Lebanon not only to respond to the threat of COVID-19, but also to the August 2020 explosion in Beirut.
*We are currently responding to the threat of COVID-19 in Lebanon. Find out more about our response here.
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.