Those of us in North America and Europe are in a unique position. Compared to the refugees, many of us abound in wealth, influence and resources. We have the power to speak for those who do not have a voice (Proverbs 31:8-9). How can you help? Begin by sharing what you have with others. Talk to your church, see what the charities you support are doing, or consider supporting the organizations below working in Lebanon.
Heart for Lebanon is a Lebanese founded and staffed faith-based organization. Founded in 2006 after the July War to minister to Lebanese displaced by the conflict, H4L is driven by the compassionate heart of Jesus Christ “to see lives changed and communities transformed” through relief and community services, meeting the physical, social and spiritual needs of the marginalized and rejected in Lebanon. H4L is a holistic ministry that uses relief as the first step in the process of transforming an individual and their community, which includes bringing dignity to the marginalized and rejected communities in country, including Syrian and Iraqi refugees living in Beirut, the Bekaa Valley, and Southern Lebanon, as well as the Bedouin, Gypsy, and Turkman communities residing throughout the country. Their goal is to build deep relationships with the families and people they serve.
Lebanon Youth For Christ is a faith-based organization dedicated to youth work in schools around Lebanon. The targeted youth are the age range between 12 and 19 belonging to different social and religious backgrounds. With the current crisis in the Middle East and the growing number of Iraqi and Syrian refugees in Lebanon, LYFC wants to be active in serving them and giving a helping hand. Through monthly clubs, food packing, events, camps and English classes, they try to convey the hope and love of Jesus to those less fortunate ones who, in some cases, have lost everything.
World Vision has been active in Lebanon since 1975, when it provided shelter, food, and medicine for people affected by the civil and regional wars. Today, they assist refugees in Lebanon as well as other areas in the Middle East, promoting programs that are planned, designed, and executed through full ownership and involvement of the communities with which World Vision partners.
Save the Children has been responding to emergency and development needs in Lebanon since 1953. Their network of partners are implementing the approaches developed during past emergencies to create effective safe spaces for children, adolescents, youth and families in need, including children and families who are fleeing Syria to seek safety in Lebanon. Among other services, Save the Children provide nutritious food for Syrian children and support education in Syrian refugee camps.
The World Food Programme is the food assistance branch of the United Nations. According to WFP, about 3 million Syrian refugees are now registered in neighboring countries of Jordan, Lebanon, Iraq and Turkey. The WFP is assisting more than 2.5 million Syrian refugees in these countries mostly through food e-cards, which allow families to choose their food and helps the local economies. Inside Syria, WFP is managing to provide food assistance to around 4 million people every month. WFP’s goal is to deliver food assistance to the whole of Syria, reaching anyone who needs it, regardless of where they are located.
For other organizations working in Lebanon and the surrounding countries, see this list composed by CNN.