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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Happiness of Learning
Students in the Early Childhood Education (ECE) programme, are interacting with their teachers and learning new lessons by singing and playing. They are learning numbers, the different geometrical shapes, colors and songs.
Safe Place to Play
World Vision Lebanon, is promoting a protective environment for Syrian refugee children to prevent and respond to violence, abuse and exploitation. The project focuses on Child Labor and includes three main components: Community-based psycho-social support (PSS), caregivers- parenting skills and focused PSS.
A profession for life
With support from the Kuwait Foundation for the Advancement of Sciences (KFAS), World Vision in Lebanon is improving the livelihood conditions of Syrian refugee youth.