With nearly 5,000 years of history, Lebanon is one of the world’s oldest countries. Traditionally an important commercial hub, Lebanon has also been at the center of many Middle Eastern conflicts.
As violence has consumed neighboring Syria in recent years, desperate people have fled their homes, with over 1 million currently living in Lebanon. Now, one in four people in Lebanon is a Syrian refugee – making the country host to the largest per capita population of refugees in the world, half of whom are children.
Today, one year after a deadly explosion rocked Beirut, families have been plunged deeper into poverty. Lebanon’s economic crisis, which started in 2019, has continued to wreak havoc on the country’s economy. The Lebanese pound has lost more than 90% of its value in less than 2 years. Children as young as five are being forced into labor, exposed to abuse and violence. The economic and social crisis, combined with the impacts of COVID-19, has resulted in an education crisis as well, with many children in Lebanon at risk of never returning to school.
Thanks to you, we’re working to ensure children in Lebanon like Siraj,* age 13, can stay in school, instead of dropping out to do hazardous, backbreaking labor to support his family. *Name changed for child’s protection.
One of the world’s leading charity for children, Help A Child Today has been on the ground in Lebanon responding to children’s needs, every day and in times of crisis, since 1986.
We work to ensure Lebanon’s children can realize their rights, raise their voices and access the services they need to meet their basic needs – including education, protection, shelter, food security, livelihood opportunities and health care.
We have dramatically scaled up our work in response to the Syrian refugee crisis. Together with partners, including community groups, government ministries and the international community, we’re working and advocating to give children in refugee and host communities alike the chance to grow up healthy, educated and safe.
Today, education is a central part of Help A Child’s work in Lebanon. Our goal is to increase access to quality, inclusive and safe education for the most vulnerable girls and boys. This includes early childhood care and development, basic literacy and numeracy and remedial support. We also prioritize child protection, especially for the most vulnerable. We promote gender equality throughout all of our programs.
Here are some recent examples of our work:
Given the unpredictability and rapidly changing circumstances on the ground during an emergency response, there is a chance that the level of funds raised exceeds what is needed to program, or where local conditions prevent program implementation. If this is the case, your funds will be allocated to our Children’s Emergency Fund, which will support Help A Childs’s work to provide immediate, life-saving humanitarian aid to those most in need.