Presence established: 2013
Money spent in 2017: 29.2 million NOK
Since 2016, 140,527 people in Lebanon have had improved access to safe water supply. A cumulative 37,066 people have experienced improved sanitation and 163,688 have been reached through hygiene promotion activities.
In the last three years, NCA has been able to contribute towards improved access to medical and psychosocial treatment and care for 72,099 Syrian and Lebanese men, women, girls and boys.
Humanitarian Response in Lebanon
After seven years, the Syrian war has continued to plague the region with no solution or end in sight. Mass displacement of Syrians into neighbouring countries, including Lebanon, have exacerbated already fragile circumstances and challenged the capacity of host governments, UN agencies and local and international NGOs. This has been particularly the case in Lebanon, who is currently hosting an estimated 1.5 million registered and unregistered Syrian refugees; around a quarter of Lebanon’s population.
Due to the aforementioned context, Lebanon continues to experience a deterioration of its infrastructure and services. Resentments between host communities and refugees are growing due to a lack of resources and an increased reliance on humanitarian assistance. Furthermore, the Government of Lebanon’s (GoL) refusal to allow for permanent WASH infrastructures for informal settlements has amplified frustrations, particularly as only about 6% of the water among informal settlements is safely managed; and 36% of the population in Lebanon, irrespective of nationality, have access to safely managed drinking water.
Similar to the response in Syria, NCA and partners in Lebanon are responding in an effort to address these identified gaps in service provision. For WASH, this is being done in the following ways:
- WASH in Communities: reaching communities hosting a significant number of Syrians and where there are felt increased tensions due to competitive access to already basic services. NCA and partner responses are holistic in nature, meaning that many targeted beneficiaries receive improved access to clean and safe water supply for drinking and personal hygiene as well as improved sanitation and are being reached with hygiene promotion messaging on identified topics.
- WASH in Informal Settlements: by targeting Syrians living in informal settlements with improved access to clean and safe water for drinking and personal hygiene. NCA and partners do this by supporting water trucking into settlements. Improved sanitation services that are secure, clean and user-friendly are also being provided to Syrians living in informal settlements through repairs and maintenance of existing sanitation facilities. These efforts additionally consider protection issues by the inclusion of locks for latrines ensuring the safety and security of women and children. Additional sanitation efforts include desludging. Finally, improved access to hygiene items and awareness are included to make WASH in informal settlement responses holistic in nature.