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Appeals & Funding
- Lebanon Crisis Response Plan 2015-2016
- Regional Refugee & Resilience Plan 2015-16: Lebanon
- Syria Crisis Guide to Giving
General Situation during February 2015 Forecast until mid-April 2015
Afghanistan: Heavy snowfall has caused avalanches in northern, central and eastern Afghanistan; 280 people have died. Panshir province is most affected. Communication lines have been disrupted in places, power supplies to Kabul have been cut. Priority needs are for NFIs and emergency shelter; access to isolated areas is difficult.
The WASH Sector in January 2015 has continued with basic service provision and development of new infrastructure across Lebanon. Winterization activities for the WASH sector have been challenged by access issues at the height of the storm however 241 sites have beneted from the distribution of 603 drainage kits with 72 sites having more intensive flood preparation works.
Social stability partners’ activities and programs are already well underway throughout the sector, building on the work and results achieved in 2014. 10 new conflict mitigation mechanisms have been established (engaging 322 change agents, 57% women) and 13 youth peacebuilding initiatives have been launched, involving 148 youth from both Syrian and Lebanese communities (55% women), primarily through RET activities in Social Development Centers.
In January, winter related shelter activities have been boosted in response to the climate conditions.
10,918 vulnerable individuals living in informal settlements and substandard buildings were assisted with weatherproofing kits so that they can resist to increasingly harsh climate conditions. This includes replacement of shelter structures that have been seriously damaged within informal settlements.
11,362 Syrian refugees were registered in January, bringing the total number of Syrian refugees registered to 1,155,660. 12,130 people are currently waiting registration with the waiting time standing at 20 days. The number of refugees registered in January was 15% lower than the number of refugees registered in December 2014 (13,390). In January 2014, more than 52,000 refugees were registered.
The Livelihoods sector is a key priority for the Government of Lebanon. In this respect, the Ministry of Social Affairs is leading a process to determine and refine the livelihoods sector strategy. This will be done in two phases, with first an internal governmental process between the different ministries, followed by a national workshop on livelihoods planned in March which will be opened to sector’s members.
In January 2015, almost 100,000 Primary Heath Care (PHC) consultations were provided as well as over 5,105 hospital admissions for lifesaving emergencies and obstetric care.
At the end of December, 147 schools all across Lebanon were approved by the Ministry of Higher Education (MEHE) for enrolment of Syrian children into second shift. The estimates from the MEHE show a positive response, with at least 51,000 - mostly Syrian - children enrolled, and 7,000 on waiting list. The UN worked on re-allocating funding committed for first shift to the second shift, while requesting to open additional schools in areas with high concentration of refugees.
ABBASIEH, Liban, 25 février (HCR) – Ali* et sa famille passent leur troisième hiver au Liban, mais ils n'ont jamais oublié leur chez-soi dans la ville syrienne d'Idlib. « Si nous pouvions rentrer chez nous, nous le ferions. Mais aussi longtemps que les troubles persistent, nous ne rentrerons pas », explique l'homme de 30 ans, au sujet du conflit en Syrie. « Nous sommes reconnaissants envers les Libanais ».
La tempête Zina, qui a frappé le Liban début janvier 2015, a mis en évidence tout le bénéfice d’une décennie d’efforts pour améliorer la préparation et la réponse aux situations d’urgence.
« Nous savions que cette violente tempête s’abattrait sur le pays, explique Karim, dont le restaurant dans la ville de Byblos sur Mer, a été inondé. Les autorités avaient organisé des séances d'information sur la préparation aux séismes, aux tsunamis et aux inondations, mais malgré tout, je ne m’attendais pas à une tempête aussi violente. »
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Storm Zeina swept through the Middle East in January and left over 400,000 Syrian refugees out in the cold in Lebanon.
The Iraqi Red Crescent Society (IRCS) distributed food and relief assistance to the Iraqi Christians refugees in Beirut in collaboration between Middle East and North Africa (MENA) zone-IRCS office, with a support of the Lebanese Red Cross. As a staff from IRCS in MENA zone office in coordination with the Lebanese Red Cross distribute food and relief assistance and blankets for the Iraqi Christian refugee families in the Syrian Catholic church the capital of Lebanese Beirut.
His Excellency, the Italian Ambassador in Lebanon, Mr. Giuseppe Morabito received Mr. Luca Renda, UNDP Country Director in Lebanon, Mrs. Annamaria Laurini, UNICEF Representative in Lebanon, and Mr. Frank Hagemann, acting Regional Director of the ILO in the Arab States, for the presentation of three programmes implemented by the mentioned UN Agencies with the contribution of the Italian Government for a total amount of 2.5 million Euro.
27 February 2015, Geneva/Beirut – The International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement is calling for a greater support to Palestinian refugees and people affected by the Syrian crisis. Millions of people have been displaced and are desperately in need of humanitarian support.
During a two-day meeting in Beirut, focused on the work of the Palestine Red Crescent Society in the Palestinian refugee camps in Lebanon and Syria, Movement representatives and other stakeholders stressed the humanitarian imperative of increasing support to refugees.