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Lebanon - Emergency aid for a social and literacy centre for Iraqi and Syrian refugees in Beirut

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Location Beyrouth
Dates 01/01/2018 31/12/2018
Intervention Area Urgence
Funding 40 000,00 €


Since the violent conflicts in Iraq and Syria, Lebanon is still hosting several hundred thousand refugees, representing almost a third of its population. The living conditions of these men and women are difficult and precarious. In this context, children are left to their own devices; many do not attend school and many of them are begging or involved in illegal work or drugs. The level of poverty has increased considerably, to such an extent that, according to the NGO Human Rights Watch's report, 1/3 of the Lebanese population lives below the poverty line, as do 70% of Syrian refugees who depend on external aid to survive. According to a statement by the NGO Save The Children, more than 500,000 Lebanese and foreign children living in Lebanon did not attend school during the 2017-2018 school year. This figure includes 59 per cent of Syrian children of school age.

This is why, in 2013, the association "Toi, mon frère et compagnon de route" (You, My Brother and Fellow Traveller) (Rayye oua Rafiq al Darb), whose main focus is combating poverty through education, created a social and literacy centre in a poor district of Northern Beirut, to which thousands of Iraqi and Syrian refugees have flocked in search of accommodation and employment. This social and literacy centre is host to almost 100 Iraqi and Syrian refugees children aged from 7 to 16. Thanks to three specialised educators, who are members of the refugee community, these children receive basic instruction on a daily basis (reading, arithmetic and writing), lessons to suit various age groups and special coaching adapted to the children's needs. In addition, they are provided with a daily hot meal, which is served free of charge to them and to 60 disadvantaged elderly and disabled persons of Lebanese origin who live in the neighbourhood. Finally, the centre also organises extracurricular activities and cultural and sports outings.

Today, this centre, which operates thanks to donations, has to deal with an increasing number of people who use its services, with the arrival of many refugees from Iraq and Syria, as well as the impoverishment of the local population.

This project will contribute to the achievement of Sustainable Development Goals No. 1 "End poverty in all its forms everywhere", No. 2 "End hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture", and No. 4 "Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all".

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Overall objective 

Provide emergency humanitarian aid to vulnerable populations in the Bouchrieh district of Beirut.

Specific objectives 

  • Provide emergency food aid for the 160 beneficiaries of the association "Toi, mon frère et compagnon de route" social and literacy centre
  • Provide social care and educational support adapted to the needs of 100 refugee children who benefit from the centre


Direct beneficiaries:

  • 100 Syrian children aged from 7 to 16, who receive emergency food aid, socio-educational support and school and extra-curricular activities
  • 60 disadvantaged elderly and disabled persons of Lebanese origin who live in the neighbourhood who mainly receive emergency food aid


Indirect beneficiaries:

  • The families of the 100 refugee children who attend the centre
  • The families of the 60 elderly and disabled people who receive food aid
  • The inhabitants of the Bouchrieh district (Northern suburb of Beirut)

Anticipated outcomes

  • Through social support and the distribution of emergency food aid, the quality of life of vulnerable populations of the Bouchrieh district, who are beneficiaries of the centre, is improved
  • Through socio-educational care, there is a decrease in roaming, begging, illegal work and drug use among refugee children who live on the streets in the Bouchrieh district
  • Refugee children who are beneficiaries of the centre acquire a basic educational skills, enabling them to re-enter the school system