Please note: Donations made toward IRUSA’s Lebanon fund may be used to support important emergency or long-term work across the country, or for Lebanese refugees in other countries.
YOUR AID, THEIR RELIEF: WINTER STORM EMERGENCY
“We were very afraid that the strong wind would blow over our tents. Water was leaking from the top forcing us to move from one place to another while we tried to sleep,” says Samira, a Syrian refugee in Lebanon’s Bekaa valley.
Across Lebanon, families are struggling to recover from a winter storm emergency. Heavy rain, snow, high winds, and freezing cold that came with winter storms in early 2019 have left entire refugee settlements flooded. Please help now.
The situation is dire, especially for Palestinian and Syrian refugees living impoverished in makeshift camps. Donors like you ensure that families in need are prepared to make it through the frigid winter temperatures, in addition to funding a host of IRUSA programs across the Middle East, including schools, livelihood programs, and more. Your aid is their relief.
Islamic Relief USA uses the donations you give to help refugees and native Lebanese families who live in impoverished conditions. Read more about our legacy in the Middle East.
A Legacy of Service and Hope
Islamic Relief has been working in Lebanon for over a decade, beginning in 2006 in response to a humanitarian crisis caused by war. We then focused on reconstruction efforts like hospital rehabilitation and water facility repairs. Islamic Relief Lebanon opened to continue long-term efforts.
Lebanon, once prosperous, was hobbled by a 15-year civil war that cut its national output in half. After the war ended in 1990, Lebanon rebuilt much of its infrastructure, but political instability continued to take a heavy toll through 2008. A period of relative stability and a subsequent revival in tourism helped the country grow economically, and unemployment is a low 6.4%. Still, hundreds of thousands of Lebanese people are unable to meet their basic needs — about 27% live below the national poverty line.
The north of Lebanon has been most severely strained by an influx of refugees crossing the border from Syria due to the ongoing crisis there. 1.5 million Syrian refugees have now been registered in Lebanon—a country whose own population does not exceed 4.4. million. In a country already suffering from weak infrastructure, the high percentage of refugees greatly affects both the economic and social climate.