The Lebanese population is facing dire humanitarian crisis
Lebanon is three years into an economic crisis which the World Bank describes as 'among the worst the world has seen'.
- An estimated 2.26 million people are facing hunger.
- The poverty rate reached 82 per cent in 2021, an astonishing increase from just 25 per cent in 2019.
- Fuel shortages have spiraled out of control. 20 litres of petrol are now worth nearly half of the legal minimum wage, making it almost unaffordable to commute to work or transport children to school.
- Hospitals are rationing electricity and relying on patients to bring their own medicines due to a shortage of supplies, equipment and clean water.
Parts of the population are at risk of hunger, something that has not been seen in Lebanon at this scale since World War I, not even during the darkest years of the Lebanese war.
The time to act is now. Please give generously to support our Lebanese brothers and sisters.
What is the hospital crisis in Lebanon?
Three years into the economic crisis, many hospitals are at breaking point.
Lifesaving medicine is in short supply, forcing patients to ration or even skip treatments altogether. Oncology departments are unable to provide the treatment patients need, and lives are being lost unnecessarily.
Cholera outbreaks and a spike in cases of acute watery diarrhoea are putting further pressure on essential public services.
The serious economic crisis is also creating an exodus of doctors and nurses seeking more stability overseas. This has left the country's hospitals desperately understaffed and patients dangerously underserved.
What is the education crisis in Lebanon?
In early 2023, teacher's in Lebanon’s public schools started a strike over working conditions and pay. Teachers have been unable to afford transport costs for their work, and many have been pushed to their limits.
Public schools have now closed, which has left 1 million children out of school. This only compounds the education disruption of 1.3 million in 2020-2021.
Long-term lack of access to education is likely to cause serious implications on the social and emotional wellbeing of the children. Children with disabilities and girls are among the most vulnerable and at the most risk of never returning to school.
We support our partners in times of crisis with:
Business cash support
Improved access to Education
Medication and health services
Emergency shelter for women and children
Where does my Donation go?
The funds raised through this appeal will be used to provide immediate and longer-term humanitarian assistance to communities affected by crises. If any funds remain after the crisis, or if there are changes in circumstances beyond our control which limit our ability to use the funds, they are kept the Emergency Response Fund so that we can respond to ongoing needs and future crises in the region.