Husseincan finally attend school again
Peace BuildingUsing creative activities and workshops, War Child helps children learn how to prevent and resolve conflict
Emergency ProgrammeClose to one million Syrian refugees have fled to Lebanon. Through Child Friendly Spaces War Child helps refugee children cope with their experiences and catch up on their education.
Psychosocial Support and Child ProtectionWar Child supports children to strengthen their psychosocial well-being and resilience. And become active agents for change in their communities.
Performing for PeaceCan children make a change in their communities? Through Performing for Peace, they can.
Decades of violent confrontations between Christians, Sunnis, Shi’ites and Druze has created a politically, economically and psychologically scarred country. Today, sectarianism continues to contribute to discrimination, hatred and violence.
Furthermore, approximately 400,000 Palestinian refugees (mostly Sunni) reside in Lebanon, of which 260,000 live in refugee camps along with 30,000 Iraqi and 500 Sudanese refugees, all without formal citizenship. Refugee camps are considered "parallel states”, and are left in the hands of armed groups who fight over control of the camps. The on-going crisis in neighbouring Syria contributed to an increase in internal tension in 2012, threatening security once more.
Growing sectarian and religious hostility, indoctrination by many political parties and, in some cases, military training, increase the risk that children and young people will be drawn into violent conflict.
Children live in constant fear of potential violence, and young people are frustrated about their situation. Hundreds of thousands of children and young people are subjected to harmful forms of labour, are exploited in various ways and experience abuse, including sexual abuse.
High levels of distrust and negative opinions about “the other” are commonplace and even furthered by political leaders, contributing to growing sectarian and religious hostility and to a self-perpetuating cycle of seemingly endless violence.
What we do
In Lebanon, War Child Holland strengthens the life skills of children and young people to help them deal with the challenges they face, and improve their understanding of, and attitude toward, other ethnic and religious groups in Lebanese society. We improve the protection of children and young people from violence, abuse, exploitation and neglect. Furthermore, we provide access to basic educational services for marginalised and vulnerable children.
In 2012, War Child started a project to support displaced Syrian children in northern Lebanon.