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EMERGENCY ALERT

After a devastating explosion in Beirut, nearly 100,000 children have been displaced.

The country’s already weak health system and current political crisis have left families, including 1.5 million Syrian refugees, with little means to protect themselves against the COVID-19 pandemic. Your support today can help our teams on the ground respond to the urgent needs of children.

Help Save Children in Lebanon

With nearly 5,000 years of history, Lebanon is one of the world’s oldest countries. Traditionally an important commercial hub, Lebanon has also been at the center of many Middle Eastern conflicts.

As violence has consumed neighboring Syria in recent years, desperate people have fled their homes, with over 1 million currently living in Lebanon. Now, one in four people in Lebanon is a Syrian refugee – making the country host to the largest per capita population of refugees in the world, half of whom are children.

Poverty in Lebanon was widespread before the Syrian crisis. The public protests and economic crisis that gripped the country starting in late 2019 have only added to the problem. The resulting strain on the country’s limited resources, and its people, is putting both Lebanese and refugee children in peril.

Challenges for Children in Lebanon

With resources stretched to a new breaking point, children in Lebanon need your help. The collapsing Lebanese economy has left families struggling to afford the basic food, electricity and water needed to survive. School children had already lost months of school due to nationwide protests before the coronavirus pandemic stuck. COVID-related school closures have affected more than 1.3 million learners nationwide.

  • More than 560,000 children are struggling to survive
  • One in five Lebanese families must skip meals or go without food for a whole day
  • 40% of children (age 15+) said that school closures due to COVID-19 are taking a toll on their mental health
  • 29% of people live in poverty

Map of Lebanon

Our Results for Children in Lebanon

Thanks to you, we’ve ramped up our decades-long response in Lebanon to help realize the rights and meet the needs of the most vulnerable Lebanese and refugee children, reaching over 85,000 children in Lebanon last year.  
 
Siraj, age 13, looks concerned, as he stands in the informal, tented settlement where he lives, holding some notebooks.

Thanks to you, we’re working to ensure children in Lebanon like Siraj,* age 13, can stay in school, instead of dropping out to do hazardous, backbreaking labor to support his family. *Name changed for child’s protection.

  • 39,000 children healthy and nourished
  • 22,000 children educated and empowered
  • 8,000 children protected from harm
  • 19,000 children lifted from poverty
  • 81,000 children aided in crisis

Our Work for Children in Lebanon

The world’s leading charity for children, Save the Children has been on the ground in Lebanon responding to children’s needs, every day and in times of crisis, since 1953.

We work to ensure Lebanon’s children can realize their rights, raise their voices and access the services they need to meet their basic needs – including education, protection, shelter, food security, livelihood opportunities and health care.

We have dramatically scaled up our work in response to the Syrian refugee crisis. Together with partners, including community groups, government ministries and the international community, we’re working and advocating to give children in refugee and host communities alike the chance to grow up healthy, educated and safe.

Today, education is a central part of Save the Children’s work in Lebanon. Our goal is to increase access to quality, inclusive and safe education for the most vulnerable girls and boys. This includes early childhood care and development, basic literacy and numeracy and remedial support. We also prioritize child protection, especially for the most vulnerable. We promote gender equality throughout all of our programs.

Here are some recent examples of our work:

A healthy start in life

  • We’re implementing water, sanitation and hygiene initiatives throughout Lebanon, including rehabilitating schools, factories and old buildings
  • In response to an alarming rate of fire outbreaks in vulnerable communities, we led the development of national prevention, preparedness and response guidelines, including a training platform and distribution of supplies
  • We constructed reservoirs and implemented other water, sanitation and hygiene initiatives

The opportunity to learn

  • We’re reaching tens of thousands of children through non-formal education across Lebanon, with a focus on engaging parents and the community in children’s education and protection
  • We’re strengthening access to quality early learning by providing basic literacy and numeracy education, as well as homework and social emotional support, with significant results
  • We’re rehabilitating schools and providing essential supplies
  • We’re implementing a mobile library program in impoverished refugee settlements near the Syrian border, bringing books and play materials to nourish young minds, providing social and emotional care, as well as access to health, education, protection and livelihoods assistance
  • We help Lebanon’s youth build their skills, find jobs and become more financially secure

Protection from harm

  • We’re working to protect Lebanon’s children from psychological stress, neglect, violence, abuse and harmful coping tactics, such as child labor and child marriage, with significant results
  • We prioritize the needs of the most vulnerable children, including adolescent girls, children with disabilities, children separated from family, and those engaged in child labor
  • We’re helping families upgrade substandard shelters to deal with extreme weather conditions

Emergency response

  • World leader in helping children in crisis recover and return to learning, we’re implementing our Return to Learning initiative in Lebanese refugee communities to ensure no child’s education is interrupted by displacement

How You Can Help Children in Lebanon

There are so many ways you can help create change that lasts a lifetime for children in Lebanon. 

Donate
Support Save the Children’s mission. Donate to help children in Lebanon and around the world grow up healthy, educated and safe.

Sponsor a Child
Be the hero in the life of a child in need. Sponsor a child and help them grow up healthy, educated and safe.

Shop Gift Catalog
Give a meaningful gift that will help transform children’s lives and futures in Lebanon and beyond. There’s something for everyone!

Sources: Facts and statistics have been sourced from Save the Children’s monitoring and evaluation experts, as well as our thought leadership publications, including our Save Our Education 2020, Global Childhood Report 2020,  Stop the War on Children 2020 and A Catalog of Common Approaches 2020. Other sources include CIA World Factbook and UNHCR.

Photos: Louis Leeson, Nour Wahid / Save the Children.

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