Lebanon

Protecting the fundamental rights of children from both refugee and host populations.

Facts and figures

- Seven projects
- One million refugee children affected by conflict
- 111,980 total participants

What is happening in Lebanon?

Lebanon has the highest proportion of refugees of any country in the world. The country of four million people is home to nearly one million refugees from Syria alone - about half of them children. Lebanon also hosts some 300,000 Palestinian refugees - who mainly live in the country’s 12 refugee camps.

The massive influx of refugees has put immense strain on Lebanon’s infrastructure and economy. An estimated 1.5 million Lebanese live below the poverty line. This situation has led to significant tension between host communities and more recent arrivals.

Life in Lebanon for children from all communities can be hard. At least 1.4 million children are classified as ‘at risk’ of threats including physical violence and separation from family. A third of Syrian families do not have refugee status - leaving their children vulnerable to child labour and sexual exploitation.

Refugee children - from both Syrian and Palestinian communities - inside Lebanon also face significant barriers to accessing education. More than 250,000 Syrian refugee children are currently thought to be denied their fundamental right to an education.

Nine-year-old Lulu and her family escaped the ongoing violence in Syria five years ago. After a long journey they finally arrived in Lebanon - where they came into contact with War Child

“Here I can play, draw and make friends again. I’m very happy here."
Lulu (9) from Syria

What we do

War Child in Lebanon has been actively responding to the Syria emergency crisis since early 2012. We provide psychosocial support, protection, and education to Syrian children. Our services are also accessed by significant numbers of children and youth from both the Palestinian refugee and Lebanese host communities.

We work to reach as many people as possible through our programme - including parents and other important adults in children’s lives. We also work to strengthen the capacity of local organisations to uphold the rights of children.

Our projects in Lebanon

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Back to the Future

This project sees AVSI, Terre des Hommes Italy, Terre des Hommes Netherlands and War Child Holland - with the support of the European Union EU Madad Fund – address the educational needs of children affected by the crisis in Syria.

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Can't Wait To Learn

Can't Wait To Learn

Can’t Wait to Learn is fast, effective and low-cost - and utilises custom gaming technology to deliver quality education. The evidence-based programme was developed by War Child and partners through years of testing and research. More than 32 million children

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SAHA (Sports and Humanitarian Assistance)

War Child has teamed up with Right To Play and Dutch football association the KNVB to harness the unifying power of football. SAHA develops the leadership skills of young people in Lebanon to bring different communities closer together.

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