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29 May 2017 description
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May 29th, 2017 ― Doha: Within its commitment to serve the refugees in Lebanon, Qatar Red Crescent's (QRCS) mission in Lebanon launched the fifth phase of its orthopedic surgery project for Syrian and Palestinian children in Tripoli. The activity is part of a project that started in 2016 and will continue along phased intervals.

29 May 2017 description

Today, the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) hosted a ceremony at Deir Qassi School in Saida to recognize the support of the European Union (EU) for Palestine refugee children with disabilities in Lebanon.

With the support of the European Union, UNRWA is working to improve opportunities for children and youth and implement the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goal 4: to ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all.

29 May 2017 description

Amman - United Nations Agencies and Microsoft signed an agreement today to work together to create jobs for communities affected by the Syria Crisis.

Since the onset of crisis in 2011 countries neighboring Syria have seen increasing social and economic strain as instability has disrupted economic development and as resources have been stretched thin in efforts to meet the growing needs of refugees and vulnerable host communities.

28 May 2017 description
report Kuwait News Agency

EIRUT, May 27 (KUNA) ­­ Kuwait Red Crescent Society (KRCS) on Saturday launched an 'iftar' (Muslim evening meal in Ramadan) campaign and a 'kiswat eid' (feast clothing) campaign in Lebanon.

The first project targets distributing 80,000 iftar meals throughout the holy month of Ramadan at a daily rate of 2,750 meals, said coordinator of the relief works of the Lebanese Red Cross (LRC) Youssef Botrous.

28 May 2017 description

FIELD-LEVEL IMPLEMENTATION URGENTLY REQUIRED

Executive Summary

The Call to Action on Protection from Gender-based Violence in Emergencies, a multi-stakeholder initiative launched in 2013 by the governments of the United Kingdom and Sweden, aims to fundamentally transform the way gender-based violence (GBV) is addressed in emergencies, so that every humanitarian response provides safe and comprehensive services for those affected by GBV and mitigates GBV risk from the earliest phases of a crisis.

26 May 2017 description

"I can’t believe I am in Damascus again. I have not been here for five years,” says 15-year-old Lara al-Tahan. “As our bus got closer to the city, my heart was beating fast and my nerves were tense.”

Lara is among the 297 students from Yarmouk and Lebanon who, on 11 May, headed to the Alliance Quarter in Damascus. The students, who are provided with room and board, are attending the UNRWA support classes running throughout the duration of the ninth-grade national exam from 14 through 25 May.

26 May 2017 description

No Health without Peace: Seventy, Fifty and Ten Are Not Just Numbers in the Lives of 5.3 million Palestine Refugees

The United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) released the latest annual report from the Agency’s Department of Health earlier today in Geneva, revealing some important statistics regarding the UNRWA health programme (HP) and the health situation of Palestine refugees in the Agency’s five fields of operations – Jordan, Lebanon, the West Bank, Gaza and Syria.

25 May 2017 description
report UN Population Fund

HIGHLIGHT OF THE MONTH
DURING APRIL 2017

New women and girls safe spaces have opened cross border in both northern and southern Syria.

SYRIAN ARAB REPUBLIC (FROM ALL CHANNELS)
283,612 reproductive health services delivered to Syrians
9,299 deliveries supported, including 3,395 C-section deliveries 63,948 family planning services
15,797 gender-based violence response services provided to Syrians 14,276 women accessed women safe spaces

25 May 2017 description

Over the course of six months, the UNDP Lebanese Host Communities Support (LHSP) project has implemented through the “Peace Building in Lebanon” project in partnership with the Ministry of Social Affairs (MoSA), a training program to build the capacities of the Social Development Centers’ (SDC) managers, area coordinators, officials and staff members in implementing the Mechanisms for Social Stability (MSS) with the funds of UKDFID.

25 May 2017 description

"Disaster prevention and preparedness are considered an integral aspect of Lebanon's development policy. The recurrent crisis that Lebanon faces and the risks that continue to surround our country make that an absolute necessity", Dutch Ambassador to Lebanon Mr. Han-Maurits Schaapveld said during a field exercise simulating a flood scenario on the borders of Assi River in Hermel organized on Wednesday 10 May 2017 by the UNDP Disaster Risk Management Project at the Presidency of the Council of Ministers.

25 May 2017 description

Today, Rama, a Palestine refugee from Syria, and her classmates from Palestine Martyrs School in Ein El Hilweh, Lebanon, met with children from Sweden’s Helsingborg International School as part of the UNRWA My Voice-My School classroom initiative.

The My Voice-My School project is an innovative programme that combines teacher development, student-centred learning, and information communication technology in the classroom with communication and advocacy.

25 May 2017 description
report Salesian Missions

(MissionNewswire) On a recent visit to Turin, Italy, Father Pier Jabloyan, assistant pastor at the Salesian center in Aleppo, Syria, reported that violence continues in the city and services are sporadic, creating great challenges for the people. Oil remains scarce, which affects the transport, water and electricity supply service. The situation remains challenging, and hardships and suffering for the population continue.

24 May 2017 description

ENDING VIOLENCE AGAINST CHILDREN GROSSLY UNDERFUNDED WITHIN THE FRAMEWORK OF INTERNATIONAL COOPERATION

New report shows only a small fraction of official development assistance goes toward ending violence against children For the first time, a review of official development assistance (ODA) to end violence against children has been done. The report Counting Pennies found that in 2015, total ODA spending was $174 billion and of that, less than 0.6 per cent was allocated to ending violence against children.

24 May 2017 description

In Nahr El Bared camp, a community-based recycling project is better for the environment and for scavengers like Ayman.

Ayman’s typical day starts at 6 A.M. With his wagon in hand, he heads to the waste dumping sites of Nahr El Bared Palestinian refugee camp to search for recyclables. He can count on filling his wagon with recyclables by early afternoon. He’ll stop for a quick lunch with his wife and children, and then head out for a second round. By sunset, his day is done, and he’ll have found a treasure trove of recyclable trash.

24 May 2017 description
report Save the Children

According to UNHCR 5,052,283 have now fled Syria. More than 2.5 million of them fled in 2014 alone. During the course of 2014, an average of more than 98 people fled every day. In 2015 more than 1.1 million Syrians fled the country, an average of more than 7,130 per day. Children now make up 47.5% of the refugee population, meaning there are an estimated 2,399,834 refugee children in the region.

OUR RESPONSE

24 May 2017 description

ROME – To mark the Holy Month of Ramadan this year, ShareTheMeal, the official app of the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP), is launching two simultaneous fundraising campaigns -- one to help prevent famine in Yemen and another supporting Syrian refugee children and needy Lebanese children in Lebanon.

Ramadan is a time when families around the world share meals together. With ShareTheMeal, users have the opportunity to provide vital food and to help others share moments of joy and togetherness.

23 May 2017 description

Highlights

  • Syria: During the reporting period, 312,205 beneficiaries were assisted with WASH,
    Health, NFI, and Livelihood support by IOM teams in Damascus, Rural Damascus, Aleppo, AlHassakeh, Hama, Homs, Idleb and Lattakia.

23 May 2017 description
report UN Women

One-quarter of men in Middle East and North Africa support gender equality

The first-ever study on men and masculinity in the Middle East and North Africa by UN Women and Promundo surveyed 10,000 men across Egypt, Morocco, Lebanon and Palestine. While unequal attitudes dominate, a significant minority support some forms of equality between men and women, especially if they saw their fathers doing the same.