Plan International began operating in Lebanon to address the biggest issues faced by the most vulnerable children in refugee and host communities.
There are currently around 1.5 million Syrian refugees in Lebanon, causing a huge strain on the country’s resources.
More than half of Syrian refugee children in Lebanon are out of school putting them at greater risk of child marriage, abuse and child labour. In addition to these risks, children often arrive in the country in need of emotional support to help them overcome the distress they have experienced due to the conflict in Syria.
It is also a struggle for Syrian refugees in the country to make a living due to restrictive regulations, increasing the level of poverty.
In response, our priorities are:
- Ensuring the most vulnerable children can get an education
- Working with communities to keep children safe from all forms of violence
- Supporting young people to learn skills, get good jobs, earn a living and play a meaningful role in society.
Supporting girls to take control of their lives
In south Lebanon, girls are learning about their rights so they can make informed decisions about their lives and bodies.
Girls and Boys Needs Assessment – Lebanon
This assessment examines protection concerns affecting girls and boys aged 12-18 in Plan International’s programme areas in Lebanon. It looks at issues including child labour and child marriage and explores what support exists for adolescents in Lebanese host communities and Syrian refugee communities.