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Lebanon

Safeguarding fundamental rights for children from both refugee and host populations.

National context

Lebanon has experienced a massive influx of refugees in recent years. The country is currently home to approximately 1.1 million registered refugees from Syria - nearly half of whom are children and adolescents. The 174,422 Palestinian refugees inside Lebanon - representing some three per cent of the population - mainly reside in the country’s 12 refugee camps.

This significant population increase has had a negative effect on the country’s already weak infrastructure. This situation has led to some tension between host communities and more recent arrivals.

The election of President Michel Aoun in October 2016 - ending two years of deadlock surrounding the vacancy - has helped bring stability to Lebanon. 

Situation of children

Children in Lebanon from all communities grow up in a climate of insecurity. At least 1.4 million children are classified as ‘at risk’ of threats including physical violence and separation from family. Many refugee families are denied full legal status - leaving their children vulnerable to child labour, early marriage and smuggling to help provide for their families.

Refugee children - from both Syrian and Palestinian communities - inside Lebanon also face significant barriers to accessing education. An estimated 377,000 Syrian refugee children are currently excluded from formal and non-formal education programmes. International NGOs are working with national education authorities to address this situation. 

 

What we do

War Child Holland in Lebanon has been actively responding to the Syria emergency crisis since early 2012. War Child is a member of the psychosocial working group in Lebanon and provides protection and psychosocial support services to Syrian children. Our services are also accessed by significant numbers of children and young people from both the Palestinian refugee and Lebanese host communities.

War Child works to reach as many people as possible through its programming - including parents and other important adults in children’s lives. In our network of Safe Spaces, children can begin to recover from the experience of their displacement and access support to boost their psychosocial well-being.

 

Our projects

Time to Be a Child

Project to set up a network of Safe Spaces where vulnerable children can play, learn and develop in peaceful environments.

Back to the Future

Major consortium-led education initiative for refugee children affected by the crisis in Syria.

Sports and Humanitarian Assistance (SaHA) 2

Coalition project utilising soccer to bring children and young people from Lebanon’s different communities together.

Can’t Wait to Learn

Global programme to provide conflict-affected children with quality education - no matter where they live. Children play curriculum-based educational games on tablets to learn in an effective and fun way. Read more information about Can't Wait to Learn in Lebanon here.

Caregiver Support Intervention

Project to strengthen parental wellbeing and enhance parenting skills to improve the psychosocial wellbeing of Syrian refugee children.

Child Friendly Spaces

Protection initiative to provide safe spaces where children can access psychosocial support and participate in recreational activities.

Supporting Vulnerable Girls and Boys to Access Education

Initiative to provide 2,500 disadvantaged children under the age of five with early childhood education (ECE) opportunities.

Voices of children

A New Life for Nour

Nour was forced to flee the conflict in Syria at the age of just seven. The violence escalated until her family couldn’t take it anymore. She now lives in Lebanon where she has begun to process her traumatic experiences.

Nour vividly remembers her life in Syria - including the bombings and the noise of overhead planes. She recalls stopping at her grandmother’s house to say goodbye. “My grandma made me dessert,” Nour recalls.

“I cried with every last spoonful I ate because my grandma had made it for me - and I had no idea when, or if, I would ever see her again.”

 

Nour struggled with upon arriving in Lebanon. She missed her extended family and felt a very long way from ‘home’. Her life began to improve once she began attending her local Social Development Centre - where War Child provides psychosocial support for conflict-affected children.

Nour met her new best friend Raghad at the centre. The two of them are inseparable - and Nour now feels like a normal twelve-year-old again. “Raghad is more like a sister than a friend,” Nour says.