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Lebanon

HI’s work in Lebanon aims to increase the involvement of people with disabilities and vulnerable people in community life, both physically and in terms of professional, cultural and social inclusion. As a result of the humanitarian crisis caused by the conflict in Syria, HI has also rolled out emergency projects aimed at the affected population groups (refugees and host populations).  

Ahlam, a young Syrian amputee, Lebanon - HI

Ahlam, a young Syrian amputee, Lebanon - HI | © Elias Saade / HI

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HI started work in Lebanon in 1992 in the Palestinian refugee camps and clusters (rehabilitation and promoting the rights of people with disabilities, and mental health work). The association has since provided emergency assistance in the crisis situations that have rocked the country and region. Since 2011, HI has been supporting Syrian refugees and the Lebanese community affected by the war in Syria.

In North Lebanon and the Bekaa Valley, HI ensures that people with disabilities receive appropriate emergency care such as rehabilitation, assistive devices (prostheses and orthotics) and psychosocial support. 


HI is also carrying out mine clearance operations in the north of the country following the 2006 Israeli–Lebanese conflict. It provides psychological and psychosocial support to Palestinian refugee children and is helping people with disabilities campaign for their rights. 
HI also supports the inclusion of children with disability at school in the country. 
 

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HI helps mine survivor Ismail to live with dignity again
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HI helps mine survivor Ismail to live with dignity again

Ismail lives in Lebanon with his family. He comes from Syria and lost both legs in a landmine explosion at the age of 14. Humanity & Inclusion is now helping him to walk again with his new prostheses.

HI in Lebanon helps 10-year-old Shahid to walk again
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HI in Lebanon helps 10-year-old Shahid to walk again

Shahid was seriously injured in Syria in 2011 and has been unable to walk since. Humanity & Inclusion is providing her with physiotherapy sessions and splints to get her back on her feet.

Rana, HI's physiotherapist, explains her work with persons with disabilities in Lebanon
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Rana, HI's physiotherapist, explains her work with persons with disabilities in Lebanon

Humanity & Inclusion's physiotherapist Rana Abdel Al explains her work with persons with disabilities in Lebanon since 2019. Among them, many were injured during the war in Syria. Humanity & Inclusion's work with Syrian refugees in Lebanon is made possible thanks to support from players of People's Postcode Lottery. 

Background

Map of HI's interventions in Lebanon

Lebanon has high quality services, notably health, education and social welfare. However, people with disabilities, particularly in rural and isolated areas, find it hard to access these services.

Lebanon is also home to a large community of Palestinian refugees, who mainly live in informal camps.  These refugees find it particularly difficult to access health and education services. 

Additionally, the fighting in Syria has forced hundreds of thousands of Syrians to take refuge in the neighbouring countries, including Lebanon. These populations are becoming increasingly vulnerable over time. On arrival, new refugees find themselves in an unknown environment and sometimes have no resources. They very often require emergency assistance, primarily to treat their physical and psychological injuries.

Finally, as a result of several decades of intermittent conflict and despite 15 years of clearance efforts, the population continues to be affected by mines and explosive remnants of war (ERW), with some victims requiring life-long assistance to live with their injuries. 

Number of HI staff members: 90
Date the programme opened: 1992

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Key figures Lebanon - HI
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