Relief for Palestinian Refugees from Syria in Lebanon

July 10, 2013 ANERA
Emergency Response, Health, Humanitarian Relief, In-Kind Medical and Relief, Lebanon, Mother and Child
Palestinian family from Syria seeks shelter in Lebanon refugee camp.

The Reality

Since Syria’s conflict spread to fighting in Palestinian refugee camps there in December 2012, more than 50,000 Palestinians have fled the country, seeking shelter in Lebanon. Some 3,000 arrive each month. As Palestinians, 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’s Response

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 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

  • Conducted an assessment in January, 2013 to identify urgent needs
  • Distributed an initial supply of 8,600 food and clothing vouchers, 5,300 quilts, 5,300 hygiene kits, and 350 baby kits.
  • Social workers organized 10 health awareness sessions.
  • Working with Lebanese partner organizations like Health Care Society, UNRWA, and the YMCA, to distribute critical medicines and medical supplies through a network of 450+ health facilities.

Meet a Palestinian Family from Syria

Palestinian mother, father and two infants who fled fighting in Syria can pay for clothes and supplies in Lebanon camp with aid vouchers from ANERAHiba Younes, a mother of four, says she and her husband spent all they 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 >>