Volunteers distribute aid in Beirut. Photo: Caritas Lebanon

Lebanon needs your support now

Lebanon has been plunged into an economic and social crisis that has brought the country to the brink of collapse. Your support can help provide education, healthcare services, and immediate basic needs to the most vulnerable in Lebanon. 

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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. 

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can provide a week of Cash for Work for one person to continue earning a living

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Can provide warm blankets to families living in a refugee camp

Donations of $2 or more are tax-deductible

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.


Your support will impact the most vulnerable

Our partner, Caritas Lebanon is on the ground providing:

  • Mobile Medical Units and financial support to cover hospitalisations
  • Solar power scheme to deliver electricity to Primary Health Care Centres
  • Improved access to quality education for students in Caritas Lebanon special education schools
  • Limited cash grants to shop and small business owners 
  • Comprehensive services for women and children at the Safe Shelters

Donate today to support the people of Lebanon.


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