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Syrian Crisis

More than 3 million Syrians have fled from their homes to escape the conflict.
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More than 3 million Syrians have fled from the violent conflict in their country. Families continue to arrive in neighbouring countries without many possessions, in search of a safe place to stay, water to drink, food for their families.

As the number of refugees continues to climb, host nations like Lebanon and Jordan are at a breaking point as they try to support so many vulnerable families.  The greatest restriction to increased humanitarian work in the region is lack of funding. 

In Jordan and Lebanon, Medair is responding to urgent unmet needs among refugees in close coordination with other agencies.

Medair began responding to the Syrian Crisis in 2012.

Where We Help
Lebanon

Medair is actively delivering shelter and health programming in the informal, tented settlements in the Bekaa Valley, where more than 130,000 Syrian refugees are seeking safety. The government has been hesitant to allow formal refugee camps, so these families are living in makeshift shelters on rented farmland from Lebanese farmers with little to no amenities such as water and sanitation.

Jordan

In Jordan, the majority of refugees are living outside formal camps in urban settings. Affordable rent is a concern as overcrowding and competition for shelter grows. Also of growing concern are the increasing malnutrition rates among pregnant and breastfeeding women and children under five.

Our Projects
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Shelter for refugee families

Shelter is a critical problem for refugees in Lebanon. In the Bekaa Valley, Medair works to provide refugee families with new-arrival shelter kits to improve the durability and resilience of their tents. We are also giving families essential household items for cooking and other basic needs and work to improve the living conditions and safety of the settlements.

In Jordan, Medair is working in the northern areas with the highest concentration of refugees. Teams distribute cash-for-rent assistance to vulnerable families and do shelter repairs to substandard buildings to increase safety and security of refugee homes.

Nutrition & healthcare for refugees

After more than three years of conflict, the resources of refugee families are stretched thin, making it difficult to secure nutritious food on a regular basis. An increase in micronutrient deficiencies and malnutrition cases are being reported around Jordan. That’s why Medair facilitates a malnutrition screening, education, and treatment programme in coordination with a local partner in Jordan. This nutrition project targets pregnant and breastfeeding women and children under five with moderate acute malnutrition through feeding education and therapeutic food.

Technology and innovation

In Lebanon, Medair is the lead agency using ArcGIS software to identify and map all informal settlements located in the Bekaa Valley. Mapping these informal settlements (ranging from a few hundred to several thousand refugees), means that Medair and other organisations can respond to the most urgent needs in those sites. It means that the children and their families who are escaping Syria and crossing the border into Lebanon are no longer going unnoticed.

  • “I’m so far from home this winter” 17 November 2014
    Khitam is a bright 10-year-old girl who loves toys, school, and her house back in Syria. Yet this winter, she’s a refugee living in a tent on a field in Lebanon. “We used to …
  • Strangers in a Strange Land 03 October 2014
    In September, Canadian writer Mark Wallace travelled to Jordan and Lebanon with Medair to meet with Syrian refugees and get a better sense of who they are and how this crisis is …
  • Lebanon: Aid for newly arriving refugees continues in the Bekaa Valley 08 September 2014
    With the influx of over one million refugees into Lebanon, the European Commission’s Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection department (ECHO) has partnered with Medair since 2013 …

Core Activities

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    Health & Nutrition

    When crisis strikes, health risks multiply. Families suffer from preventable diseases. Children are weakened from malnutrition. Everyone needs health care and nutrition—especially during crisis.

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    Shelter and Infrastructure

    Safe shelter is at the very core of human survival and dignity. Infrastructure like roads, bridges, schools, and clinics help communities recover from crisis and build a better future.

Click here to download the fact sheet for our programme around the Syrian Crisis.