There are about 1.5 million refugees in Lebanon. Most are struggling to make ends meet.
Lebanon has suffered from poverty, war and political instability. It is not well equipped to host the largest per capita population of refugees in the world. Yet, without the luxury of time or distance, Lebanon has responded to the crisis with the help of key international organizations like Anera.
Lebanon Has Been Home to Palestinian Refugees Since 1948
Ever since Palestinians arrived in Lebanon as refugees decades ago, they haven't received the same rights and resources as Lebanese natives. Without formal citizenship, they have no social, political, or economic liberties. Refugees in Lebanon also have limited job and educational opportunities and endure poor living conditions.
Families who relocated directly to Lebanon 70 years ago discovered their temporary homes would become more permanent. These refugees and their descendants have lived in 12 official camps, informal gatherings or among Lebanese citizens. Originally meant as temporary housing, the shelters in Lebanese refugee camps have deteriorated over the decades due to lack of funding. Even refugees who choose to move elsewhere can only live in a place they can afford, and their lack of citizenship earns them little to no income.
Syrian Refugees in Lebanon
During the 1948 Arab-Israeli War, Palestinians fled to Syria and integrated into Syrian society. After half a century of living as Syrians, these Palestinians found themselves fleeing again in 2011 from the Syrian War. Unlike the original Palestinian refugees, Palestinian refugees from Syria have no formal camps to live in. They reside in abandoned buildings, informal tent communities or small rented spaces in the 12 camps.
Recently, Anera's operations in Lebanon have grown substantially to cope with the refugee crisis. We have six offices throughout the country, staffed by 60 employees who all come from the communities they serve. Your gift will help us expand to accommodate the more than one million refugees who have arrived in Lebanon in recent years. Learn more about Anera and how we use donations on our Frequently Asked Questions page. You can also read some of our stories to see how our impact affects thousands of lives every day.
BY THE NUMBERS
Lebanon's Refugee Camps
Palestinian refugee camps
Most were created in 1948 to cope with the influx of refugees from the Arab–Israeli War.
informal Syrian tented settlements
These camps are spread all over the country, with the largest concentration in the Bekaa Valley.
"twice refugeed" Palestinians
Palestinian refugees who fled the war in Syria are flooding into Lebanon's Palestinian camps.
You Can Help Refugees in Lebanon Build Better Lives
Anera has been committed to providing aid and responding to the critical needs of Palestinians and Syrian refugees and other groups amidst regional conflicts for decades.
When you donate, you can provide math and literacy education for out-of-school teens and making sure preschools are safe and inviting for younger children. You help refugees in Lebanon learn useful job skills and offering sports courses on new fields.
Your support delivers millions of dollars worth of medicines and relief items each year. It allows us to respond to the health needs of marginalized communities through targeted treatment and awareness programs. In the midst of chaos, Anera is steadfast in its mission to help the most vulnerable refugee families in the region.
Anera Gives Refugees the Opportunities & Resources They Need to Live Fulfilling Lives
Anera has been helping Palestinian and Syrian refugees in Lebanon cope with the hardships of statelessness and displacement. Our programs also address the needs of underserved Lebanese host communities. This strategy helps eliminate tensions and ensure the sustainability of our programs.
Anera joins other NGOs in helping Syrian and Palestinian refugees in Lebanon. However, some of these organizations do not have the necessary funding to provide comprehensive services that cover every issue. By working together, Anera and other aid groups are able to provide overall, long-term, sustainable assistance — deploying emergency relief resources as well as maintainable water, health, education and economic development projects.
Our greatest impact happens where our staff lives — assisting neighbors to rebuild their lives. With your help, we can empower people to live with purpose and dignity.
To prevent the threat of a "lost generation" among Syrian children and ensure they are caught up with their peers, Anera provides non-formal educational courses in English, Arabic and math. Lice treatment kits and prevention training, as well as dental screenings, are just a few of the other ways in which Anera has responded to the needs of Syrian refugees.