It’s the two-year anniversary of the start of the Syria unrest. It began on 15 March 2011 with nationwide protests following arrests in the southern city of Deraa. Up to 70,000 people have been killed in Syria and over one million have fled their homes and are now left with nothing.
Of the five countries currently hosting Syrian refugees the small nation of Lebanon is hosting the highest number. According to its President, Mr. Michel Suleiman, one in four people in his country is now a refugee. At the request of the government, ShelterBox has been helping the more vulnerable families in the country. To do so, ShelterBox Response Teams (SRTs) have been working with a large number of local implementing partners to assist a refugee population that is growing at a rate of 2,000 per day.
SRTs have been collaborating with 27 implementing partners throughout Lebanon. They were introduced to each other by Rotaractor Belal al Ayoubi who has been providing invaluable assistance to ShelterBox’s responses in Lebanon and in Iraq.
Each group is based in its own community and most have been doing humanitarian work since before the conflict began over two years ago. They keep detailed records, updated daily, of the refugees staying in their areas. This information has helped ShelterBox bring emergency winterised shelter to those people most in need.
The implementing partners include Scout groups, municipalities, grassroots non-governmental organisations and Lebanese families. Through their assistance, ShelterBox has been able to focus on families whose members have serious vulnerabilities including chronic illnesses, injuries, pregnancies and extremes of age.
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