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Humanitarian Aid for Syrian Refugees in Lebanon

  
Since October 2012 Solidar Suisse has provided thousands of Syrian refugees in Lebanon with basic household items, food, hygiene products and shelter. The implementation of the humanitarian aid is organised by our coordination office in South Lebanon. As a UNHCR Implementing Partner and with support of other donors, we are currently providing shelter, core relief items and winterization assistance in the south of Lebanon.

Between March 2011 and July 2014 the civil war in Syria has claimed over 170,000 lives. The U.N. estimates that more than six million people have been displaced inside Syria. 2.8 million refugees have fled to the neighbouring countries of Jordan, Iraq, Turkey and Lebanon. In 2014 the U.N. expects 3.6 million refugees to end up in the countries around Syria. In spite of the great need, support of the international community has not arrived to the promised extent: up to now not even one third of the needed means. So relief organisations have to prioritise and limit their support.
The number of registered Syrian refugees living in Lebanon now exceeded 1.2 million people; that's more than double than one year ago. The Lebanese people and government have done more than any other country to provide a safe haven for the millions fleeing conflict. Half of the Syrian refugees are children and youth.
 
Precarious conditions
The Syrian refugees in Lebanon live in precarious conditions – 55% of refugee families live in sub-standard shelter conditions. There is a great shortage of essential goods and services to allow these vulnerable  households to live in a safe, dignified and empowered manner. During the cold, wet winter months, few existing shelters are weather-proof and poor refugee families can not afford stoves or fuel for heating.
As a UNHCR Implementing Partner supported by Swiss Solidarity and Volkshilfe Austria, we are currently distributing essential core relief items, and provide shelter support, hygiene promotion and winterization assistance to refugees in Lebanon.
All Solidar aid projects also address the needs of the most vulnerable members of the local population. Syrian refugees now constitute one fifth of Lebanon's population – this has put a strain on already stretched local services and infrastructure.
 
The Humanitarian Aid for Syrian Refugees in Lebanon of Solidar is sponsored by:

         

Christian Gemperli is responsible for the Humanitarian Aid programme of Solidar Suisse in Lebanon.