Lebanon: UN Inter-Agency Response for Syrian Refugees, December 2012
Over 24,000 Syrian refugees registered with UNHCR in December;
UN High Commissioner for Refugees Antonio Guterres and EU Commissioner Kristalina Georgieva visited Syrian refugees in the Bekaa and met with Government officials as well as NGO partners to discuss the humanitarian response for Syrian refugees;
UNHCR and partners launched the fourth Regional Response Plan (RRP), appealing for $1 billion USD to assist a projected 1 million Syrian refugees in the region by June 2013. From this appeal, $267 million USD has been requested for Lebanon for a planned refugee population of up to 300,000 persons; Palestinian refugees, Lebanese returnees and Lebanese host communities are also included in the RRP as target beneficiaries;
Over 580,000 winterization items, as well as World Food Programme (WFP) food vouchers, food parcels for newly arrived families, hygiene and baby kits have been distributed to Syrian refugees to date;
Over 6,700 families have had their homes weatherproofed for winter, and an additional 5,300+ families have received renovations on their homes this year;
More than 10,000 Syrian refugee children are registered for school, with enrolment closing on January 15. UNHCR, MEHE and education partners offer Accelerated Learning courses to students in need of extra assistance while transitioning to the Lebanese curriculum, as well as to children in areas where school capacity is filled.