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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.
- Active Parenting skills workshops in Lebanon, which support child protection and awareness, give parents and caregivers skills and knowledge on positive discipline and non-violent communication, and the tools to address and report child protection issues in their communities.
- Children in Lebanon participated in child protection awareness activities, which aimed to increase awareness on child protection, including a marathon, child rights competition, plays, as well as sessions about disaster risk reduction.
Healthy Children and Families
Children and families are well nourished, protected from infection and disease, and have access to essential health services.
- In order to raise awareness on important water and sanitation issues in Lebanon, Mother Action Groups (MAGs) were mobilized and trained to disseminate hygiene promotion messages in their communities through door-to-door visits, and in schools through puppet shows.
- Children in Lebanon were taught about the 5 critical times for hand washing. A study on the relationship between hand washing and attendance at hygiene promotion programs showed that children who received information about disease transmission were over 4 times more likely to report good hand washing practices compared those who did not receive hygiene and disease transmission information.
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.
- Through a collaboration with teachers and school staff in Lebanon, lessons that taught conflict resolution and communication skills were worked into their curriculum. This also included how to manage anger and frustration in a positive way. Children also learned how to foster good relationships with teachers, parents and peers from different ethnic, social, and religious backgrounds.
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
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