“They told us that we would do better to work for our people’s rights first. We say that our battle for the Palestinian refugees’ rights starts with our battle for the Palestinian women’s rights!” Ahlam Abou Sahyoun Photo: NRC/Christian Jepsen
Read caption Information session for Palestinian women in Lebanon. Photo: NRC/Christian Jepsen

NRC in Lebanon

NRC support people affected by displacement living in Lebanon and advocate for their rights inside the country, regionally and internationally. We also work to serve the local communities hosting displaced people.

A total of

306,098

people in need received our assistance in 2018.

 
Humanitarian overview

The estimated 1.5 million Syrian refugees, 28,800 Palestinian refugees from Syria and 175,000 Palestinian refugees from Lebanon amount to over a quarter of Lebanon’s total population. This has put a huge strain on infrastructure and public services, in particular now that the country is facing an unprecedented economic crisis combined with the impact of Covid-19.

The Lebanese government opposes formal camps, so refugees must find, and pay for, their own accommodation, including in informal tented settlements (ITS). This has resulted in refugees resorting to precarious shelter conditions including inadequate WASH facilities. Government policies restrict ‘durable’ interventions, which could allow ITS to meet the basic standards required for safety and dignity.

ITS are often located in remote areas without access to healthcare, schools and livelihood opportunities due to the cost of transportation and movement restrictions resulting from a widespread lack of legal residency and the risk of arrest or detention while crossing checkpoints. Since 2015, UNHCR suspended registering Syrian refugees in Lebanon at the request of the Lebanese government. It is hard for refugees already in the country to renew their legal stay.

 

People we helped in Lebanon in 2018

15,947
people benefited from our education programme
15,390
people benefited from our shelter programme
9,364
people benefited from our camp management programme
275,875
people benefited from our ICLA programme
129,313
people benefited from our WASH programme


NRC's operation

All of NRC’s field activities during Covid-19 are implemented in accordance with social distancing guidelines and are conducted by frontline staff equipped with personal protective equipment (PPE).

NRC Lebanon’s Covid-19 response includes crosscutting activities and sector-specific Covid-19 work in the area of water, sanitation and hygiene, shelter, ICLA and education. NRC has also been implementing activities together with other NGOs.

 

NRC EducationEducation

 
We run programmes for refugees from Syria at our community centres, NRC alternative learning spaces, support programming in Lebanese public schools and in schools run by the UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestinian Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA). Our education activities:

  • support access to schooling and keeping children in school
  • create non-formal education opportunities to reach out-of-school children, such as catch-up classes
  • train teachers in informal educational methods
  • rehabilitate Lebanese public schools
  • provide vocational training and language classes for out-of-school youth and young adults
  • support UNRWA's schools for Palestinian refugees by training teachers on child-centred approaches to teaching

Read more about our education activities in English and Arabic. (2017)
 

NRC Information, counselling and legal assistance (ICLA)Information, counselling and legal assistance (ICLA)

 
Our ICLA teams:

  • support access to civil documentation, like permit renewals and birth registration
  • prevent housing disputes and forced evictions
  • monitor individual cases, from assistance to referrals and follow-up systems
  • visit families to ensure they receive the information they need and to identify special concerns
  • raise awareness among refugees of their rights in Lebanon
  • provide legal assistance and representation for Palestinian refugees, particularly in cases concerning property inheritance

Read more about our ICLA activities in English and Arabic. (2017)
 

NRC Shelter and settlementsShelter and settlements

 
Our shelter efforts provide affordable, quality housing – and we are the main providers of such housing in Lebanon. Our shelter projects include:

  • providing a minimum of 12 months of rent-free housing for Syrian refugees though the Occupancy Free of Charge programme
  • integrated programming with WASH and ICLA teams
  • ensuring that renovated properties have adequate water, sewage and sanitation facilities
  • rehabilitating Lebanese public schools
  • providing materials for emergency weather proofing, or cash vouchers to purchase proofing materials
  • building repairs in Palestinian refugee camps

Read more about our shelter projects in English and Arabic. (2017)
 

NRC Water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH)Water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) promotion

 
We work to expand water and sanitation services and improve hygiene practices among Syrian and Palestinian refugees, and local Lebanese communities. Our WASH teams:

  • ensure that shelter projects have adequate water, sewage and sanitation facilities
  • construct water network extensions, including boreholes, to increase clean water supply to refugee and local communities
  • lead community support projects to lend crucial infrastructure support to vulnerable Lebanese communities
  • set up new sanitation systems that use small-scale septic tanks to manage sewage
  • create WASH committees in informal tented settlements, to help refugees take care of WASH infrastructure maintenance and services

Read more about our activities in Lebanon in English and Arabic. (2017)
 

Emergency Response Unit

In December 2017, NRC Lebanon initiated the Emergency Response Unit (ERU) in the Bekaa Valley. The ERU responds to any emergency cases or situations in our areas of intervention. ERU activities include:

  • assisting all refugees in need, both in informal tented settlements and/or sub-standard shelters
  • emergency support varying from provision of basic assistance (mattresses and blankets, kitchen sets, hygiene kits, etc.) to shelter kit distribution, site improvements and implementation of WASH activities
  • responding to the needs of newly arrived refugees from Syria
  • working closely with the refugee community to identify any incidents or vulnerable people in need of support
  • assessing and referring emergency cases to responsible partners outside NRC’s area of intervention
​NRC Lebanon is grateful for the generous support from our donors:

 

  • Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs (NMFA)
  • Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (SIDA)
  • KFW Development Bank (Germany)
  • Luxembourg
  • Directorate-General for European Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid Operations (ECHO)
  • United Kingdom’s Department for International Development (DFID)
  • State Secretariat for Migration (SEM)
  • Embassy of Switzerland in Lebanon
  • European Union Regional Trust Fund in response to the Syrian Crisis, the “MADAD fund”
  • Lebanon Humanitarian Fund
     

About NRC in Lebanon

Established
2006
International staff
23
Areas of operation
Beirut (Country Office), national.
Budget 2019
USD 33.1 million
National staff
415

Contact

Country Director

Carlo Gherardi

Phone

+961 (0)1 366 113/4/5