Lebanon Winterization

24 January, 2019 Lebanon, Emergency Response
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Refugees from Syria have fled one of the most destructive conflicts of the 21st century . hundreds of thousands of people have died as a result of eight years of conflict, with millions displaced from their homes. Those who were lucky enough to escape the violence have settled into the neighbouring and already crowded Bekaa Valley region of Lebanon, straining the region’s limited resources.

Originally created as French army barracks, Wavel Camp has been a haven for over thousands of Palestinian refugees for almost 70 years. Housing conditions are extremely unsanitary and lack daylight exposure and adequate ventilation. As a result of the recent influx from the Syrian Civil War, the conditions in the Wavel camp have significantly worsened. Lack of reliable food, clean water and heat during the winter months means that the fight for survival for these refugees has not ended.

Our response:

IDRF addressed major gaps in humanitarian assistance by providing one-time fuel vouchers to 850 at-risk families in the Wavel Camp. Fuel vouchers were distributed to families that were particularly vulnerable, including female-led households, large families, families with one or members with a disability and those with one or more members who are living with a chronic disease.

Your support through the harsh winter months has significantly paid off – over 4,500 people utilized our fuel vouchers to cook food and heat their homes to stay warm amidst the bitter cold of the Bekaa Valley.

Note: At IDRF we are committed to managing your funds and being accountable to you as our donors with full transparency. To do this, we are committed to ensuring that the funds you have selected are designated to the appropriate country. In the event IDRF receives funds that cannot be designated to the country selected, then please know that the funds will be redirected to support other vulnerable communities that are in urgent need.