Relief for Palestinian Refugees from Syria in Lebanon
Since Syria’s conflict spread to fighting in Palestinian refugee camps there in December 2012, more than 45,000 Palestinians have fled the country, seeking shelter in Lebanon. In total, over 1.3 million refugees from Syria have fled to Lebanon. Palestinians face a particularly difficult plight because they are not eligible to receive UNHCR aid. So they seek shelter and help in the already overcrowded refugee camps administered by UNRWA. But the UN agency is already overstretched and struggling to serve their increasing needs.
ANERA is providing emergency aid relief with support from private donors and organizations like the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) and United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) in coordination with local partner organizations. ANERA’s relief program includes delivery of medicines, hygiene kits, clothing, blankets and basic supplies as well as sessions on health awareness on critical issues like proper nutrition and hygiene in makeshift shelters.
How It Works
ANERA conducted an assessment in January 2013 to identify urgent needs across Syria. The activities take place in the Tyre region, the Beirut area camps, the Saida camps, the Akkar region in Northern Lebanon and now also in the Bekaa Valley. These are some of the activities we’ve accomplished so far:
- Provided winterization support for over 10,000 families, which included quilts and blankets, heaters, emergency lights, winter clothing for children, and insulated straw mats.
- Identified 3,850 female head of households and provided gender-sensitive support for women and their families.
- Distributed over 80,000 hygiene kits, over hundreds of baby kits and tens of thousands of quilts to refugees and host families.
- Provided 7,000 food and clothing vouchers to families in dire need.
- Organized health awareness sessions with local social workers and handed out health materials at each relief distribution.
Meet Palestinian Families from Syria
Hiba Younes, a mother of four, spent all she had to get to Burj Al Shemali camp. She used the $138 worth of coupons that ANERA distributed to buy shirts and sandals for her children. “I bought diapers and oil, cheese, sugar, yogurt, eggs, rice, lentils, and milk with the grocery vouchers.” Read more >>
Four storms hit Lebanon in four months, making it a particularly harsh winter for refugees and host families living in the northern part of the country. Families cope with the weather using relief items like emergency lanterns and warm blankets. Read more >>