Lebanon is currently hosting more than 1.2 million Syrians who have fled their homes, half of whom are children. Around 20 percent of people in the country are refugees. In 2015, World Vision’s Syria Crisis Response reached approximately 1.1 million people, including more than 374,000 in Lebanon who were assisted with food and cash; education and child protection services; household and personal items; and access to improved water, sanitation, and hygiene.
Shortages of food, clothing, and medicine, coupled with little or no family income, are forcing young Syrian girls into early marriage and causing other children to beg in the streets. Lebanese children also are vulnerable to the effects of poverty, including violence, trafficking, and abuse. Children are dropping out of school to work. Many have no hope for a secure future. We are working with communities to promote child rights and to keep children safe, while improving job opportunities for parents so they can better meet the needs of their children.
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.
Boys and girls are safe and valued, well cared for
by their families, and participating in their communities
as agents of transformation.
Community members were trained in child protection issues such as preventing violence and discrimination, as well as online safety to protect kids from abuse.
Youth were educated about the active role they can play in improving their communities and were empowered to use their voices to advocate for change.
After receiving advocacy training, community groups organized campaigns to address issues related to child rights and child protection.
To improve communities’ resilience to disasters, youth and community members were trained in disaster and emergency response, including topics such as fires, earthquakes, floods, first aid, and disaster management.
Healthy Children and Families
Children and families are well nourished,
protected from infection and disease, and have access to
essential health services.
To help children grow and thrive, we offered health education for mothers, covering topics such as child development, the importance of breastfeeding, and when to start feeding babies solid food.
With our help, mothers’ groups promoted health, nutrition, and hygiene through events they held for kids. These groups of dedicated moms are trained to educate community members on healthy practices that can help children thrive.
Youth were trained as peer educators and organized health education programs focused on nutrition, reproductive health, and the prevention of substance abuse.
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.
In an effort to decrease dropout rates, teachers received training to help them create friendly classrooms that encourage a culture of peace and tolerance. Teachers also learned how to support children with disabilities.
More than 4,600 children participated in our summer camps, led with the help of youth we trained to organize life-skills activities for kids.
Parents were trained in early childhood development so they can better support their children’s education.
Love of God and Neighbors
Children and families are growing spiritually, local
churches are strengthened to demonstrate Christ's love in practical ways,
and people are living at peace with their neighbors.
Following Christ’s example, we worked alongside children and families to change lives, promote peace and understanding, and demonstrate God’s unconditional love.
Prayer Requests from Lebanon
World Vision's staff in Lebanon are asking us to join them in prayer for the following:
Syrian families to feel welcome and find protection as they flee the misery of war.
The Lord to lighten children’s load, protect their innocence, and restore their ability to dream.
High level meeting addresses needs of refugees and migrants, refugee children are five times more likely to be out of school, and an alliance of U.S. NGOs announces $1.2 billion humanitarian investment.
September 16, 2016
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