Lebanon currently hosts an estimated 1.5 million Syrians who have fled their homes, half of whom are children. World Vision’s Syria Crisis Response has reached approximately 1.1 million people, including more than 374,000 in Lebanon, who are assisted with food, cash, access to improved water and sanitation and child protection services.
Common problems among refugees include shortages of food and medicine, coupled with little or no family income. Their situation forces young Syrian girls into early marriage and cause other children to beg on the streets. Native-born children in Lebanon are also vulnerable to the effects of poverty including violence, dropping out of school, and abuse. World Vision promotes child rights while improving job opportunities for parents, so they can better meet the needs of their children.
Update: Impact of Beirut explosion
Another area of focus is in providing help to people affected by the 2020 Beirut explosion. A rapid assessment conducted by the United Nations revealed the severe psychological consequences for children and the dire needs of families following the catastrophe. World Vision declared a Category II emergency and launched a multi-sectoral response to assist children and families in Beirut.
Since 2020, we have continued to provide support for families with shelter education, child protection, water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) and basic assistance, including cash transfers. As of September 2021, the World Vision Partnership (including World Vision Canada) has supported 162,085 people – 62,795 of whom are children – in the greater Beirut area.