This project seeks to cover the humanitarian shelter, WASH and basic assistance, including winter needs, of the most vulnerable Syrian refugees in the Districts of Sour, Nabatieh, Hasbaya and Marjaayoun (South Lebanon).

With all areas of Lebanon hosting refugees the effects have been significant for both the refugees and the host communities: with no formal camps, refugees from Syria have found shelter in urban areas, amongst the Lebanese communities and for Palestinian refugees from Syria and some Syrian refugees, in long-established Palestinian refugee camps and gatherings.

With the continued influx of refugees (as of October 31, 2015, Lebanon is hosting 1,075,6371 Syrian registered refugees), there is a rising number of spontaneous tented settlements, reflecting the limited options for affordable and available housing.

These settlements have led to numerous protection concerns, challenges and needs for refugees who do not have adequate access to a range of services, including: WASH, medical, education, etc.

Among these sectors, shelter and WASH are areas where a significant amount of needs remain unaddressed: in refugee situations such as this, one important risk to refugee and host communities is a threat to public health, resulting from poor hygiene practices and due to overloaded sanitation systems, which could easily lead to an increase in morbidity and mortality and to a spread of water-borne diseases and epidemics.

The main objective of the project is to improve sanitary and hygiene conditions and decrease the pressure on the already strained public services and host communities.

The project intends to target Syrian Refugees, Syrian Asylum seekers and, according to future agreements that UNHCR will define with local authorities, a variable number of Lebanese Vulnerable families.

The direct beneficiaries benefiting from project-funded activities are 12.500 individuals living in the targeted districts of the project (the Districts of Sour, Nabatieh, Marjaayoun and Hasbaya). The project-funded activities will focus on 3 main areas:

  1. WASH:
    - WASH interventions aiming to improve hygiene and sanitation and the water quantity and quality in the informal settlements of Hasbata, Marjayoun and Sour;
    - hygiene and environmental promotion campaigns through HH level generic; 
    - sessions and common sessions for specific target groups (women and children). The session will cover hygiene promotion and environmental health a SWM intervention in IS aiming at reducing the health risks engendered by the incorrect management of the solid waste.
  2. Shelter
    - increased number of shelter available by means of rehabilitation of unfinished housing units;
    - improved living conditions inside shelter already in use by means of implementation of quick works, distribution of Medium Repair Kits, New Arrival Kits and Insulation Kits.
  3. Basic Assistance:
    - distributions for winter started during November 2015 will continue in January and February as long as stocks are available. During 2016, it has been decided to address the needs of basic assistance with cash support.

This project is financed by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees.

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