An explosion that rocked the port of Beirut, Lebanon, on August 4 killed 160 people and injured about 6,000. World Vision is responding, initially expecting to help 120,000 people. We have been working in Lebanon since 1975.
Why World Vision is in Lebanon
Despite a relatively high level of development in Lebanon, frustrations with ongoing electrical outages, price inflation, and proposed taxes led to mass protests in 2019, culminating in the resignation of the Prime Minister. The value of Lebanon’s currency dropped, and the cost of food and other essentials rose. Many businesses are cutting their employees’ salaries, or closing. The World Bank estimates that by the end of 2020, 50% of people could be living below the poverty line. Lebanon has the highest number of refugees per capita, including 1.5 million who fled conflict in Syria. Due to economic instability and other constraints, many of these vulnerable families are unable to rent apartments and instead live in informal tented settlements, further destabilizing children. World Vision’s “It Takes a World to End Violence Against Children” campaign earned government support, and was promoted across the country through television, radio, and social media. And the “Safety Passages” project was established to help keep kids safe on the roads they travel to school.
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:
For the Lebanese leaders to serve their country and its children in a manner that pleases the Lord.
For the safety of families in need, and for the well-being of children who are marginalized and at vulnerable due to poverty.
For our staff to serve the people of Lebanon faithfully and with pure hearts.
News from Lebanon
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.
God is with people suffering from disaster — refugees, families facing famine, survivors of earthquakes, hurricanes, and tsunamis. Join us in prayer for all who find themselves “strangers,” as Jesus calls them in Matthew 25:35.
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