Syrian refugees now make up 20% of Lebanon’s population
No country in the world hosts more refugees per capita than Lebanon. A country of 4.4 million people is hosting more than one million Syrian refugees.
Tensions are high. The cost of living has skyrocketed. The country has been stretched beyond its capacity to cope with so many vulnerable families.
This is where we come in.
More than 361,000 refugees have sought shelter in Lebanon’s Bekaa Valley, many of them living in tent settlements on rented farmland. With the crisis in its sixth year, the level of funding available to support Syrian refugees is shrinking. These families need safe and warm places to live, health care, education, safe drinking water, sanitation, and food. Most of them are simply trying to survive until there is peace and they can return home.
How We Help
Safe Places to Live
Medair provides families with new-arrival shelter kits, repair kits for existing shelters, and specialized shelter interventions for the elderly and disabled. We work to improve the living conditions and safety of the settlements through site improvements and fire prevention, and we also improve living conditions where refugees are renting rooms in substandard or unfinished buildings.
Medair provides life-saving health and nutrition services to vulnerable women and children, and improves access to services for victims of gender-based violence. We support and strengthen health clinics and the overall health system. And we deliver community-based health promotion within the refugee settlements, including community midwives who care for pregnant women, new mothers, and their babies.
Medair identifies and maps all of the informal refugee settlements located in Bekaa Valley, and we are the lead agency for mapping the rest of the country. The maps are utilized by the humanitarian community as an essential coordination tool so agencies know the areas of unmet, urgent needs. Mapping ensures isolated families are not easily forgotten.
Water, Sanitation & Hygiene
Medair provides safe drinking water and latrines as well as improves drainage and sanitation in informal refugee settlements. Which means healthier places for families to live.
patients treated at Medair-supported health clinics
people received shelter support
people received access to safe drinking water
Generous gifts from people like you
Global Affairs Canada (through World Relief Canada)
European Union’s Madad Fund
UN High Commissioner for Refugees
UN-OCHA Lebanon Humanitarian Fund