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Lebanon Crisis Response Plan - Monthly Dashboard, Inter-Agency Coordination (January 2015)

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Many sectors focused on winterization activities during the first month of 2015. The Partners provided fuel vouchers, cash-for winter and core relief items to tens of thousands of vulnerable individuals living at an altitude of 500 meters of above. 547 public primary schools were also provided with fuel for heating. WASH partners provided over 600 drainage kits and 72 sites benefited from intensive flood preparedness work and sludge removal activities. A study on the needs, priorities and coping strategies of displaced Syrians during the winter season highlighted that when refugees have cash to spend, they are more respected in their host communities because of their purchasing power. 147 schools were approved by the Ministry of Higher Education for enrolment of Syrian children into the second shift. Education partners also accelerated their outreach efforts in order to facilitate the enrolment of as many Syrian displaced children into the second shift schools as possible in order to ensure their right to education. 860,000 individuals benefitted from food assistance, including more than 27,000 vulnerable Lebanese. However due to significant funding shortages displaced Syrians and Palestine refugees from Syria received 70% ($19 per person) of the expected value of their food e-cards. Partners are collecting information to assess if and how this has resulted in food consumption-based negative coping mechanisms. As of 5 January a new policy regulating the entry of Syrians into Lebanon came into force, whereby the purpose for the visit has to be stated and backed up with documentation. The Government is in the process of developing ‘humanitarian criteria’ in addition to the seven announced criteria. January saw a 15 per cent decrease in the number of refugees registering as compared to the previous month