WHAT WE DO?
Islamic Relief Lebanon supports people affected by the conflict in Syria including Syrian refugees, Lebanese returnees and Palestinian refugees. Locally, IRL is also supporting the most vulnerable people from the host community such as Palestinian refugees living in camps and poor Lebanese.
We provide the following services:
Food is still a priority for most of the poor people in Lebanon. In 2014, Islamic Relief Lebanon was able to distribute more than 48,534 food packages targeting more than 240,000 person among the refugees from Syria, vulnerable Lebanese communities and Palestinian refugees in Lebanon. In April 2013 till the end of 2014, IRL implemented food project in coordination with WFP, the project aimed to provide food parcels to new arrivals from Syria.
Hygiene and Kitchen Sets
After assessing the needs of the Syrian refugees in Lebanon, IRL staff reported that there is a huge need for hygiene kits especially for refugees living in camps and gatherings. Based on this, in 2014 IRL distributed more than 6,975 hygiene kits for Syrians, this kit included household cleaning items, soap, toothpaste and toothbrush and other personal items. Many families were provided with kitchen sets because they did not bring belongings with them when they left Syria and they cannot buy new items because of their lack of financial resources.
During 2014, IRL implemented four medical projects to provide Syrian refugees with primary and secondary health care services and medication drugs. IRL also donated two ambulances to a local NGO to increase their response capacity. The beneficiaries of these projects were mainly Syrian refugees and a percentage from the local community including Lebanese and Palestinians.
As a result of the absence of formal refugee camps in Lebanon, Syrian refugees are renting apartments or living in informal settlements and makeshift camps. Islamic Relief Lebanon implemented a project for replacing old tents of some refugees with new ones to improve their living conditions. Another project in 2014 enabled 12 Syrian families, including widows and orphans to be transferred to a secure, newly renovated shelter where each family now lives in a unit composed of one room, a bathroom and a kitchen.
During winter, temperatures in Lebanon drop below zero in many parts of the country. Syrian refugees living in camps are the most affected during winter and need support to cope with the cold weather and tough conditions. During winter 2013/14; Islamic Relief Lebanon implemented winterization projects to provide vulnerable people with winterization items such as fuel, heaters, blankets, mattresses and carpets. At the end of 2013, a snow storm hit Lebanon and temperatures dropped sharply. Syrian refugees living in Bekaa camps suffered badly during the storm. IRL intervened urgently to tackle the situation by providing the refugees with winterization items.
At the end of 2013, IRL completed the construction of water well in coordination with UNRWA near Ain Al Helwe camp in Saida for Palestinian refugees. This water well will benefit the Palestinian refugees, refugees from Syria and the Lebanese local community.
Hygiene and Awareness
IRL distributed hygiene kits and conducted awareness sessions for children and their parents on personal cleanliness and sessions about hand washing and safe water use in coordination with UNICEF.
53% of Syrian refugees in Lebanon are children under the age of 18. It is essential to implement projects for supporting and protecting these Syrian boys and girls. In 2014, IRL implemented several projects including psychosocial support for vulnerable children and other aid distributions in addition to the orphans and child welfare programme.
Sponsoring an orphan is one of the righteous deeds which Islam encourages us to do, IRL has been sponsoring orphans in Lebanon since 1998. In 2014, 1,431 orphans were sponsored including children of different nationalities. Lebanese: 279 orphans Palestinian: 801 orpjans
Syrian: 338 orphans
Others: 13 orphans
Education is a universal right for all children. In 2014, IRL rehabilitated and furnished a Lebanese school that will receive Syrian students because after the Syrian crisis, thousands of Syrian children were unable to access education and only 13% of them in Lebanon are enrolled in school. Additional educational projects were implemented to provide students with school bags and stationary.