Coronavirus, COVID-19 Response, providing sanitation in Jordan

Responding to COVID-19

Around the world, the coronavirus (COVID-19) is taking lives, devastating families and disrupting life in previously unimaginable ways. 

We are responding in every country we work in to limit the spread of the virus and reduce its impact on vulnerable children and their families. 

Lebanon, is one of the 17 priority countries where we are increasing our efforts to protect especially vulneralble populations.

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Hussein standing next to his sister Hanaa

Syrian refugees and the fear of COVID-19: We are not willing to underestimate it, and the bombings were not as scary!

From abandoning their houses, becoming refugees in new countries, and facing discrimination, to suffering from an economic crisis and now a global pandemic. 

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children during the pandemic

How the Coronavirus is affecting children and their communities in Lebanon

The pandemic is directly affecting children in different ways; parents and caregivers losing their income, schools closed, lockdown inside the house, and emotional stress.

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Children including Bader and Fawaz during the BLN class in Qaraoun, Bekaa

Bader and Fawaz: Disability will not stand in their way

Bader, 13, dreams of being a doctor one day. Fawaz, 12, wants to be a pilot when he grows up. Bader and Fawaz, who had once lost all hope, have dreams like ordinary children now.

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Mhammad during the focused PSS session

Mhammad is off the streets and away from danger

The potential of any child is unmeasurable. Sadly, some children are forced to work in order to support their vulnerable families.

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Bayan strives for more

Holding on to hope when so much is lost is a skill, and 15-year-old Bayan is an expert in optimism.

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Lowering risks on street working children

Behind every refugee crisis are thousands of different and unique stories from people who experienced the worst hardships.

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Crossing borders, crossing boundaries

Violence, addiction, unemployment and a high crime rate; these are ingredients for social unrest in any city in the world.

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Syrian refugee child in Lebanon

For the love of education

"They are a generation being raised on abuse, and we are trying, as much as possible, to give them  hope of reducing the effects of violence,”

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Lebanon

World Vision started operating in Lebanon in 1975 with the onset of the civil war. Today we continue to assist Lebanese families and refugee communities through development projects, emergency relief, and advocacy.

While more than a quarter of the Lebanese population lives below the poverty line, marginalisation and vulnerability are even more widespread. Children and youth are dropping out of school to join the labour force and contribute to their family income. Lack of job opportunities and choices make children in Lebanon more vulnerable to trafficking and exploitation. 

The rapid urbanisation of Lebanon is also contributing to increased poverty. Poverty pockets characterised by high density of residents, over crowding, absence of proper physical infrastructure, and lack of access to basic goods and services are becoming more evident. Rural poverty is also prevalent, especially in the North, Bekaa and South of Lebanon, where people depend on agriculture for their livelihood. Palestinian refugees living in camps and informal settlements in Lebanon are among the most marginalised groups in the country.

Poverty in a middle-income country like Lebanon is often seen as an embarrassment. Lebanon is one of the few countries in the region that is not resource rich and is dependent on service industries like tourism and hospitality, and banking and financial services. All of which are easily disrupted by political tensions, uncertainty, violence and conflict. 

We believe there is hope for a brighter future for the children of Lebanon. Through child-focused projects, we're working with communities and children to promote change and improve their well-being. 

6.8 million

Population, total

Beirut

Capital City

53.1 billion

GDP (current US$)

Our Work

Early Childhood Education

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Water, Hygiene and Sanitation

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Basic Assistance and Livelihoods

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