SYRIA CRISIS RESPONSE

Project SYRIA CRISIS RESPONSE
Objectives

• Improve access of basic needs such as food, medicines and non-food items to the Syrian Refugee communities in Lebanon. • Reduce the risk of the spread of communicable diseases and common illness amongst the Syrian Refugee communities.

Project Partners Humanitarian Relief for Development - ALGHWATH
Activities

• Distributed more than 24,000 units of medication supply worth RM 262, 042. • Distributed food parcels for 3,036 individuals for 3 months. • Distributed Winter Kits for 506 families. • Established a Child Friendly Space (CFS) in one of the refugee camp that served 80 children.

Locations 4 Syrian refugee camps in Bekaa Valley Lebanon
Period January – December 2016
Accomplishments

• Distributed more than 24,000 units of medication supply worth RM 262, 042. • Distributed food parcels for 3,036 individuals for 3 months. • Distributed Winter Kits for 506 families. • Established a Child Friendly Space (CFS) in one of the refugee camp that served 80 children.

 

Direct beneficiaries: 3,036 (received basic needs assistance) Indirect beneciaries: 28,000 (increased access to medical assistance)

BACKGROUND

As the Syrian Crisis enters its fth year, Syrian refugees have increasingly voiced out the desperation of their plight. An estimated 12 million Syrians have øed their homes, of which 1.5 million have settled in Lebanon. However, the actual gures of refugees settled in neighbouring countries are estimated to be signicantly larger as majority of refugees do not register in formal camps. Throughout neighbouring countries such as Lebanon, thousands of refugees reside in unocial camps, severely lacking basic resources and services. The program aims to provide relief and sustainable healthcare assistance as well as increase the resiliency of the vulnerable groups particularly in Bekaa Valley. The Bekaa Valley hosts 360,733 registered Syrian refugees, where an estimated 58% of them are aged 17 years and below. MERCY Malaysia aims to improve the lives of those who feel that they are the “forgotten people” through improving their access to basic needs such as food, medicines and non-food items.

MERCY MALAYSIA’S EFFORTS/ ACTIVITIES

MERCY Malaysia has been providing assistance to Syrian refugees in several countries in the Middle East, including Syria since 2013. A range of assistance has been provided, ranging from medical services to distribution of non-food items. In 2016, MERCY Malaysia together with local implementing partners namely Humanitarian Relief for Development (ALGHAWTH) focused on providing a range of necessary resources and services to Syrian Refugees in 4 informal camps in Bekaa Valley, Lebanon for a period of 1 year. Throughout 2016, the assistance included the distribution of more than 24,000 units of medication supply, distribution of food parcels for 3,036 individuals for 3 months and distribution of Winter Kits for 506 families which consisted of blankets, mattresses and diesel to face the harsh winter months. In addition, MERCY Malaysia was able to establish and create a Child Friendly Space (CFS) in one of the refugee camps that served 80 children who were living there. The CFS programme is widely used by humanitarian organisations around the world as the rst response to children’s psychological deterioration in war zones or disaster areas. It also serves as an entry point for working with the a¬ected communities. In CFS, child-centered play therapy empowers children as they lead the play session with trained adults. A study by Columbia University and World Vision International has demonstrated that CFS helps in improving the overall well-being of the children who attend their sessions. Thus, the positive impact of CFS can be utilized to address the plight of Syrian children