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Since the onset of the Syria crisis we’ve scaled up our programmes to meet the needs of the thousands of refugee families now living in host communities and tented settlements. We're still asking for help through our Syria Crisis Appeal.

Beirut Explosion

Over 170 people died, with thousands more injured and many children unaccounted for, after a large blast at Beirut's port on August 4th. 
We supported children and their families on the ground with weather-proofing, psychological first aid and food supplies.

Find out more - support our Emergency Fund so we can respond to disasters like the Beirut Explosion around the world

Working to support refugees

Syrian refugees now make up a quarter of Lebanon’s population. As the number of refugees continues to rise, essential services such as water, housing, health, child protection and education are coming under huge pressure. Competition for jobs is high, and poverty is widespread among both refugees and Lebanese host communities.

Providing food parcels 

We’re working to support refugees as well as vulnerable Lebanese families. In addition to providing food parcels and cash assistance to newly arrived refugees, we're training and supporting women to develop their own small businesses. We're also bringing Lebanese and Syrian people together to work on paid community infrastructure projects.

Maryam is 6 and wants to be a princess when she's older. She's also a syrian refugee. ‘’A princess is a beautiful girl. My favourite dress has a princess on it. When I go home, I play with my favourite doll."

Maryam is 6 and wants to be a princess when she's older. She's also a refugee from Syria. ‘’A princess is a beautiful girl, my favourite dress has a princess on it. When I go home, I want to play with my favourite doll." Photo credit: Nour Wahid


Our teams are helping renovate buildings so that they’re safe and weatherproof. We’re distributing shelter materials, fuel and blankets to protect families from the cold. And we’re supplying essential items, such as washing and cooking equipment.

In areas where water and sanitation are key concerns, we’re upgrading water systems. We’re strengthening local authorities’ capacity to implement sanitation projects. And we’re promoting good hygiene and distributing washing supplies.


With less than 20% of Syrian children in Lebanon enrolled in school, education is a top priority too. We’re helping children get back into education and catch up on what they’ve missed. We’re also developing informal learning programmes for children who live too far from a school.

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