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UNHCR Lebanon Community Development Update March 2014

Situation Report
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March developments

Community mobilization

  • Over 2,400 families (9,000 persons) were referred by 200 refugee outreach volunteers (ROV) to UNHCR and partners for assessment and support.
  • In addition, 47 specialized ROVs were mobilized this month bringing the total to 116. Specialized ROVs perform outreach activities focused on education, health and child protection.
  • ROVs report that key community concerns as expressed by refugees this month include: the lack of services for persons with specific needs (disabilities); increasing illnesses among refugees; begging for survival especially children and women; continued frustration among vulnerable families that are targeted out from food assistance; more women employed contrary to the traditional role they play in Syria, and threats to protest at UNHCR for targeted assistance.

Case management

  • 306 persons received one-time protection cash assistance; 65% of them are living in the south. 558 persons have received such assistance to date.
  • 6,600 persons at risk were identified by registration and field staff and referred for support.

Livelihoods and self-reliance

  • 2,500 persons, 40% Lebanese and mostly women, participated in vocational, life-skill activities, and entrepreneurship training through community and livelihood centres.
  • 35 persons, 40% Lebanese, accessed group lending (micro-credit) services.

Social cohesion and conflict mitigation activities

  • Field research on the causes of tensions in selected refugee hosting communities in the north and south Lebanon, was conducted by SFCG and which will be analysed in a forthcoming report. Local authorities in the Tripoli area and Tyre continue to participate in conflict mitigation activities.