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Lebanon: education and care in a neighbourhood shared by Lebanese, Syrians and Palestinians

Inside a classroom where a woman teacher is sitting in front of a group of children showing them a book.

01.08.2016 - 30.09.2019

The inhabitants of Hay el Gharbé in southern Beirut live in a very precarious situation. Since 2012, a number of Syrian refugees have joined their neighbourhood. The SDC supports the Lebanese NGO Tahaddi, which has made a real difference in people’s lives here – such as with its education centre, helping a large number of children to (re)discover schooling and escape their daily hardships. 

Country/region Period Budget
Lebanon

01.08.2016 - 30.09.2019


CHF 612'733



Project completed

Rebuilding beyond the crisis

Two women wearing veils on a balcony in a building draped with UNHCR flags.

01.01.2016 - 31.12.2016

The scope of the destruction in Syria is staggering, and the number of people left without shelter continues to grow. Since the start of the crisis, the SDC has donated CHF 13.4 million to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), which is responsible for coordinating all reconstruction-related activities in that country. In addition, Swiss experts have developed technical standards for the long-term relocation of displaced people who will eventually return home.

Country/region Topic Period Budget
Iraq
Jordan
Lebanon
Morocco
Syria
Tunisia
Yemen
Forced migration (refugees, IDP, human trafficking)
HUMANITARIAN AID
Material relief assistance and services

01.01.2016 - 31.12.2016


CHF 6'000'000



Rehabilitation of schools in northern Lebanon

The rehabilitated schools are providing a better learning environment for Lebanese as well as Syrian pupils. © SDC

16.11.2015 - 31.07.2018

Following the rehabilitation of 28 schools in northern Lebanon in the first phases of the project, the SDC is expanding its engagement to 24 other schools in the same region. The rehabilitation works are being carried out in cooperation with the Lebanese authorities to help them cope with the large influx of refugee children from Syria.

Country/region Topic Period Budget
Lebanon
Humanitarian Assistance
Education
Formal basic education (primary and lower secondary)
Reconstruction and Rehabilitation
EDUCATION
HUMANITARIAN AID
MULTISECTOR or CROSS-CUTTING
Primary education
Reconstruction relief and rehabilitation
Multisector aid

16.11.2015 - 31.07.2018


CHF 3'690'000



Project completed

Swiss support for ICRC operations in Syria

A little girl – one of millions of people displaced inside Syria – fetches water from an ICRC tanker in Talbiseh on the outskirts of Homs.

01.01.2015 - 31.12.2015

Since it began in 2011, the Syrian crisis has turned into one of the worst humanitarian disasters worldwide since the end of World War II. The ICRC is one of the few international organisations that manage to operate inside the country. The SDC is using the ICRC to provide food, access to water and healthcare to millions of Syrians caught up in the conflict.

Country/region Topic Period Budget
Iraq
Jordan
Lebanon
Syria
Rule of Law - Democracy - Human rights
Emergency and relief
Protection and access
MULTISECTOR or CROSS-CUTTING
GOVERNMENT AND CIVIL SOCIETY
Material relief assistance and services
Human rights

01.01.2015 - 31.12.2015


CHF 8'300'000



Project completed

Rehabilitation of schools in northern Lebanon

a classroom full of girls and boys.

15.07.2014 - 31.03.2016

Following the rehabilitation of 13 schools in northern Lebanon in the first phase of the project, the SDC is expanding its engagement to 15 other schools in the same region. The rehabilitation works are being carried out in cooperation with the Lebanese authorities to help them cope with the large influx of refugee children from Syria.

Country/region Topic Period Budget
Lebanon
Humanitarian Assistance
Education
Formal basic education (primary and lower secondary)
Reconstruction and Rehabilitation
EDUCATION
HUMANITARIAN AID
MULTISECTOR or CROSS-CUTTING
Primary education
Reconstruction relief and rehabilitation
Multisector aid

15.07.2014 - 31.03.2016


CHF 1'350'000



Project completed

Cash support for families hosting Syrian refugees

A Syrian family in temporary accommodation with a Lebanese family in the village of Kfartoun in the Akkar district on the Lebanese-Syrian border.

01.06.2012 - 31.12.2013

Since the beginning of the crisis in Syria in March 2011, hundreds of thousands of people, mostly women and children, have fled to neighbouring countries. Especially in Lebanon, many refugees are living with local, mostly poor host families. The SDC direct action “Cash for Hosting” supports these families and the municipalities where they live through cash transfers for specific purposes.

Country/region Topic Period Budget
Lebanon
Migration
Forced migration (refugees, IDP, human trafficking)
Migration generally (development aspects and partnerships)
HUMANITARIAN AID
HUMANITARIAN AID
Material relief assistance and services
Material relief assistance and services

01.06.2012 - 31.12.2013


CHF 1'300'000



Improving Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) services to Syrian refugees and host communities in North Lebanon (Akkar Region)

15.07.2017 - 15.06.2020

This project aims to improve access to water and sanitation services for Lebanese host communities and for Syrian refugees living in Informal Tented Settlements at Sahel Akkar. Akkar is known as the most vulnerable area in Lebanon, where even prior to the Syria crisis the infrastructure and public services were absent or very weak, thus people are deprived from their basic needs (including water and sanitation).


LEB – Improved Water Resources Monitoring and Integrated Water Resources Management in the North of Lebanon

01.07.2017 - 31.08.2020

For over five years now, the Syria crisis is continuing to affect middle-income neighbouring countries. As a result, Lebanon hosts the highest number of refugees per capita in the world. The weak governance of the Government has been worsened with the burden of the refugees from Syria and Palestine who use the same overstretched infrastructure and public services. The project aims at enabling the water authorities to better manage the water sector for the benefit of the vulnerable communities in the North of the country.


Project completed

Allocation of SDC Funding to WFP Operations in 2017

01.01.2017 - 31.12.2017

In line with the Good Humanitarian Donorship (GHD) principles, Switzerland recognizes the necessity of predictable and flexible funding to respond to changing needs in humanitarian crises. SDC funding to WFP operations allows the World Food Programme (WFP) to respond proactively and to provide immediate food assistance in life-threatening situations.


Project completed

Allocation of SDC Funding to ICRC Operations in 2017

01.01.2017 - 31.12.2017

In line with the Good Humanitarian Donorship (GHD) principles, Switzerland recognizes the necessity of predictable and flexible funding to respond to changing needs in humanitarian crises. SDC funding to ICRC operations allows the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) to respond proactively and to provide immediate protection and assistance for people affected by armed conflict and other situations of violence.


Project completed

Allocation of SDC Funding to UNHCR Operations in 2017

01.01.2017 - 31.12.2017

In line with the Good Humanitarian Donorship (GHD) principles, Switzerland recognizes the necessity of predictable and flexible funding to respond to changing needs in humanitarian crises. SDC funding to UNHCR operations allows the UN Refugee Agency to respond proactively and to provide immediate protection and assistance to refugees and internally displaced people in life-threatening situations and underfunded emergencies.


Contribution to UNRWA's Programme Budget 2017-2020

a classroom with young female students

01.01.2017 - 31.12.2020

UNRWA is one of Switzerland’s key multilateral partners in the Middle East, due to its regional outreach and its important contributions towards stability and peace in the region. UNRWA overall delivers assistance and protection services to 5.3 million registered Palestine refugees. Under its Programme Budget, UNRWA ensures universal access to quality primary health care and to basic education to Palestine refugees. It also provides targeted relief and social services to needy poor refugees.

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