WHERE? LEBANON
According to the World Bank, the crisis in Lebanon represents “one of the top ten, if not top three, economic collapses the world has seen since the 1850s”. Lebanon has suffered a number of shocks in recent years, ranging from the impact of the Syrian conflict through to the financial and economic crisis, its political stalemate, COVID-19 and the Beirut port explosion, all of which have had a direct impact on the purchasing power and livelihoods of Lebanese households as well as on the large refugee population.

Nearly 78% of the Lebanese population is now living below the poverty line and 1.9 million Lebanese people are in need of assistance according to the Lebanon 2021 Emergency Response Plan (OCHA). Inflation reached 229% between February 2021 and February 2022.  Meanwhile, eleven years into the Syrian crisis, the Lebanese government estimates that it is now accommodating more than 1.5 million Syrian refugees, making it the country with the highest number of refugees per capita in the world. Moreover, fewer than 500,000 Syrian refugees are registered with UNHCR, making them ineligible for various forms of assistance and support. Lebanon is also home to approximately 180,000 refugees. This precarious situation mainly affects migrants and refugees whose living conditions have deteriorated considerably since the explosion in Beirut and the arrival of the COVID-19 pandemic. Among these communities, women and children struggle to access basic goods and services, and are particularly vulnerable to abuse, including sexual violence. While the situation on the ground continues to deteriorate, the mechanisms for protection against such violence remain very limited.

WHO WITH? THE NGO CARE

CARE France is registered under the French law of 1901 as a non-political and non-denominational charity. What has it been doing for the past 75 years? Fighting against poverty and inequality with a lasting impact! In more than 100 countries, CARE supports those that are most vulnerable, especially women, who are the first to be affected by discrimination.  Since 1945, CARE’s work has made a real and lasting difference to the lives of millions of people. CARE’s mission is to foster and enhance the protection and resilience of the most vulnerable people and populations, placing the values of diversity, equality and inclusion at the heart of its work to eliminate injustice. CARE France is recognised by the French government as a registered charity and currently works with more than fifty companies and public donors. External and internal controls ensure the proper use of funds.

WHAT AND HOW? MESSIKA MOVES WITH CARE

CARE’s proposed response provides immediate support to Lebanese host communities and refugees by enabling them to access basic needs. Thanks to its local teams, CARE has extensive knowledge of the field. And its various areas of expertise make it possible to provide comprehensive and practical assistance! By creating a piece of shared jewelry and donating a significant part of the proceeds from sales, the Messika Foundation finances a support programme for refugee women and girls by providing them with a basic hygiene kit every month.

https://www.carefrance.org/pays/aide-humanitaire-liban/

 

 

 

Aout 2022

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