We asked seven Syrian refugee children in Lebanon what they are thankful for; their answers were surprisingly similar and deeply humbling.
Why World Vision is in Lebanon
In May 2018, laws passed allowing Lebanese citizens to vote for the first time in almost a decade. However, the country still lacks a parliament, and debates are ongoing to resolve the issue. Later in the year, people gathered in cities to protest an economic crisis. The country faces enormous national debt, which has residents worried of an impending collapse. Politicians are promising reforms in 2019. Lebanese lawmakers are considering a universal healthcare bill, which would support nearly 2 million Lebanese who don’t have healthcare. And some of the more than 900,000 Syrian refugees living in Lebanon are starting to return to their homes, aided by the government and international groups. Working together with our partners, many vulnerable families were supported this year. Along with the First Lady of Lebanon, church partners, and government programs, we transformed a juvenile prison’s library into a welcoming and calm space. We helped repair a water treatment system in a government hospital — because of the high cost of medical care in Lebanon, many poorer families use government hospitals, which tend to be inadequately equipped. Over 500,000 people benefited from programs in child protection, economic empowerment, emergency response, education, water and sanitation, and more.
We never give up on people
World Vision child sponsorship looks at all the things that prevent children from surviving and thriving in their community, and then works with that community to bring all the pieces of the puzzle together to build a better life for all children. For sponsors, it’s a personal way to show God’s love to a child in need in a life-changing way.
Progress in Lebanon
Thanks to the generous support of donors, we’re making great progress toward the well-being of children and their families.
Child Protection and Care
Boys and girls are safe and valued, well cared for by their families, and participating in their communities as agents of transformation.
- Trainings and new local child protection policies help to keep children safer from violence and abuse. Children learned about their rights and that child abuse is not acceptable.
Healthy Children and Families
Children and families are well nourished, protected from infection and disease, and have access to essential health services.
- In Lebanon, more children are protected from preventable diseases. Trainings equipped children with the skills to improve their hygiene and sanitation practices.
- World Vision renovated bathrooms at schools and provided soap and soap dispensers to reinforce better hygiene practices and keep children healthy.
Education for Better Lives
Children have opportunities to learn and to develop their talents, young people are equipped for the future, and families and communities support children's education.
- Children are learning in better equipped schools after World Vision provided laptops, books, projectors and school supplies to nearly 20 schools.
- Through parenting classes provided by World Vision, parents are learning how to support their children's educations, providing them with keys to a brighter future.
Prayer Requests from Lebanon
World Vision's staff in Lebanon are asking us to join them in prayer for the following:
Purity of heart as we serve people who are marginalized and at risk.
We would be an example of Christ in all the places we serve.
News from Lebanon
Now in its ninth year, the Syrian refugee crisis is the largest refugee and displacement crisis of our time. Because of the Syrian civil war, 6.7 million people have fled Syria as refugees, putting a strain on the region’s ability to cope, and another 6.2 million people are displaced within Syria.
There are more refugees in the world than ever before, and their needs have never been greater, not only for the basic necessities of life, but for hope and opportunities to be self-sufficient. Find out more about the global refugee crisis.
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