A small country.
Lebanon, a small country on the Mediterranean coast, is home to 3.6 million people. More than 400,000 Palestinian refugees live in Lebanon – majority of whom have never lived in permanent accommodation and are bringing up the fourth generation of their family within camps. 300,000 people in Lebanon cannot meet their basic needs. Many therefore rely on humanitarian aid for survival.
Islamic Relief began working in Lebanon in response to a humanitarian crisis caused by war in July 2006. As part of the emergency response effort, Islamic Relief distributed food, clean water, hygiene kits, sleeping mats and hot meals to thousands of displaced people all over Lebanon. Islamic Relief was the first international aid agency to reach the people of Qana in southern Lebanon. Only two other international relief agencies were active in the area at the time.
After the initial emergency phase, Islamic Relief began focusing on reconstruction efforts, such as hospital rehabilitation and water facility repairs, and Islamic Relief Lebanon opened to continue long-term efforts.
Islamic Relief is still working in remote rural areas along the southern border, where conditions have not improved as quickly as in other parts of the country. With the emergency now over, we are focusing on recovery activities, such as hospital rehabilitation and repairing water facilities. This includes the completion of seven reservoir repairs and providing three pump systems.
- Qurbani meat distribution
- Ramadan food package distribution
- Orphan one-to-one sponsorship
- Supporting displaced Syrians
- Distributed food, free medicine, warm clothes, blankets and mattresses to over 29,000 beneficiaries per year
- Urgent assistance for Syrians – winterization
- Provided the Syrian refugees proper sheltering, non-food items, distributing winter blankets, mattresses, carpets, baby kits, hygiene kits, and kitchen sets
- Improving education access for Syrian children
- Facilitated the enrolment of 650 Syrian children in education facilities in Lebanon