Polish humanitarian aid for Syrian refugees in northern Lebanon
From among the countries adjacent to Syria, the greatest number of Syrian refugees who left their indulged in chaos country stay now in Liban. The presence of refugees is a great burden for Liban in social as well as in economic terms. Polish Center for International Aid had been carrying out a project whose main goal was to provide an accommodation for refugees in several towns and villages. The additional aim of the project was to stop an increase of poverty and to prevent the deterioration of relations between the refugees and local community members. The project had been based on ‘unconditional cash & voucher’ rules. In this particular case the pre – paid card had been issued for every participant of the program. The cards are top up every month in advance with a certain amount of money. In the framework of the project the following actions had been completed:
- 500 families of the Syrian refugees obtained an allowance to pay a rent for a flat (paying the rent by means of a cash card).
- 100 families of the Syrian refugees, who were hosted gratuitously by Lebanese families, were covered with allowances which made possible to ease the burden borne by hosting families (the allowance is paid every month by means of a cash card).
- 10 families of the Syrian refugees received material support to the extent which allowed them to prepare their accommodation for winter conditions.
- Two playgrounds was built for Syrian and Lebanese children. The local community members had been employed on the construction site.
The project was a continuation of actions undertaken by PCIA in Liban in 2012. A local partner was an organization Jamia Al-Shabab Ata’a Jazail. The project was implemented from 1st of June until end of December 2013.
The total number of beneficiaries is 2500 people living in 350 houses and flats that were located in the PCPM project-related area. The project helped not only Syrian refugees but also the poorest Lebanese families. The purchase of the septic tanker/ sanitation vehicle was an additional step in order to remove sewage from the area under the PCPM project’s framework.
The organisation Jamia Al-Shabab Ata’a Jazail was a local partner of the Polish Centre for International Aid and it supported the project with facilitating storage space to distribute blankets and stoves.
The project was conducted from 15th October to the end of December 2013.