Entering its 10th year in 2021, the Syrian crisis remains one of the worst humanitarian crises of our time.
Lebanon, a small country of 5 million, is host to over 1.5 million Syrian refugees.
Bekaa Valley has become home to 37% of them, 80% of whom are women and children.
The influx of refugees, coupled with economic, political, and social instability has strained Lebanon’s capacity to care for all of these refugees. Through Tearfund and our partners, your gifts will help provide much-needed medical care to thousands.
Together with Global Affairs Canada and Medair, Tearfund is providing Syrian refugees and vulnerable Lebanese with access to primary health care in the Bekaa Valley.
Emergency Health in Bekaa
There is a lack of access to health services and education surrounding maternal health. COVID-19, along with the Beirut explosion, has magnified Lebanon’s economic and political challenges, making it increasingly difficult to operate. There has also been an increasing number of attempts to target Syrian refugees that expose refugee families to a greater risk of exploitation (including child labour) and poverty.
This project will equip and staff community development centers (clinics) to better serve Syrian refugees. Over 200 health care providers will be trained in health subjects such as disease management, medical guidelines, pharmacy management, and health education. Primary care will be provided to refugees focusing on maternal and pediatric health, health nutrition, and chronic illnesses.
- Location: Bekaa Valley, Lebanon
- Timeframe: September 2020 – March 2022
- Project Budget: $4,500,000
Through Tearfund, you will improve health care access and service for 244,000 people – focusing on providing essential health services to the most vulnerable. You will provide 55,000 women with pre- and postnatal care and well as expand vaccination efforts to 19,200 children during the project.
Beirut Explosion - Emergency Response
On August 4th, a massive explosion rocked the port of Beirut, Lebanon, causing massive damage to buildings, killing over 200, and injuring thousands. Over 300,000 people were made temporarily homeless.
Lebanon has been facing economic, social, and political challenges for years. Massive corruption has led to civil unrest and the explosion magnified these underlying challenges. The situation is precarious, with massive demonstrations demanding change.
Tearfund worked with its church partners to bring emergency assistance to the most vulnerable in the Beirut Area. Thanks to your generous support, nearly 1,000 families received emergency food rations to help them until they can start rebuilding their lives.
- Location: Beirut, Lebanon
- Timeframe: Aug. 2020 – March 2021
- Project Budget: $40,000
Over 1,000 of the most vulnerable affected by the explosion were provided with emergency food rations to help them bridge the gap as they repair their homes and livelihoods.