This year World Vision celebrates 40 years in Lebanon. In the last four decades we have focused on supporting vulnerable communities across the country, and we are continuing to develop and expand this work. Because of our experience in responding to emergencies, dating back to our humanitarian activities during the 1975-1990 Civil War, World Vision was able to respond quickly when the Syria crisis began in 2011, forcing hundreds of thousands of people to flee to the safety of Lebanon.
In Lebanon, there are now an estimated 1.5 million Syrian refugees and more than half of them are children. These children have faced many challenges such as interrupted schooling, inadequate shelter, limited healthcare, food insecurity and severe protection concerns.
In the coming year, World Vision remains committed to supporting the Lebanese citizens, as well as Syrian and Palestinian refugees. To achieve this, we plan to implement programmes, invest in social cohesion, and intensify our work with local partners in the areas of: Water, Sanitation and Hygiene, Food Security, Basic Assistance and Livelihood, Child Protection, specifically in the areas of Child Labour and Violence against Children, and Early Childhood Care and Development.