Lebanon

Photo: Florian Seriex for Action Against Hunger, Lebanon
Population
6.8 million
Human Development Index
76 (out of 188 countries ranked)
Our Team
185 employees
Program Start
2006

People Helped in 2020: 68,911

7,627
People Reached by Nutrition and Health Programs 
51,028
People Reached by Water, Sanitation and Hygiene Programs 
10,256
People Reached by Food Security and Livelihoods Programs 

Lebanon, a historically rich eastern Mediterranean country, is a sharply divided nation whose fragile peace is routinely threatened by conflicts taking place across the Middle East. Beyond the tensions that endure between its various religious and political factions, Lebanon also faces a number of humanitarian hurdles like an underdeveloped agricultural south, a growing refugee burden, and spillover from the war in neighboring Syria.

Southern Lebanon’s economy, in particular, has been weakened by debt, a lack of investment, and ongoing conflicts that have prevented a resurgence of the agricultural sector. Action Against Hunger been present in Lebanon since 2006, in response to the conflict between Hezbollah and Israel that resulted in 1,200 lives lost, $900 million in infrastructure damage, and heavy losses in the agricultural sector. 

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In 2020, the combination of an unprecedented economic and financial crisis, the COVID-19 pandemic, the Beirut port explosion, and the protracted Syrian refugee crisis have led to an exacerbation of vulnerabilities among refugees, Lebanese, and other vulnerable groups. Food security was a major source of concern for both host and refugee communities.

We adapted our programs to the evolving situation, launching COVID-19 prevention and response activities, and setthing up an operational base in Beirut after the explosion in the port. Recurrent lockdown measures, strict confinement policies and economic contractions have also left many with limited access to livelihoods and basic needs, especially food. 

In response to the pandemic, we rapidly scaled-up our work, including mass distributions of disinfection kits across all informal tented settlements in West Bekaa, Arsal, and Saida. We worked to prevent the spread of the virus and provided key support, including supplies and food, to vulnerable households when a family member tested positive for COVID-19. 

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