A quarter of the population are refugees
1.5 million Syrian refugees
200,000 Syrian refugees live in unsuitable, informal housing
61% more people in poverty in Lebanon since 2011
75,000 people helped


Since the Syrian war started in 2011, Lebanon has welcomed more than a million refugees.

The crisis has had a considerable economic and social impact on this country, which is already undergoing many internal difficulties. The massive influx of Syrian refugees has put immense strain on already fragile social infrastructures. It has seen a fall in wages, as well as dwindling natural resources, particularly water.

Faced with an ongoing crisis, more and more refugees are adopting negative coping mechanisms in order to adapt, such as getting into debt, or reducing the quality of their food. While water and food needs are essential, housing-related problems have also become a priority. Refugees and host communities often live in unsanitary conditions. With the Lebanese government refusing to create proper camps, a large number of Syrians live in informal camps, in flats charging extremely high rent, in unfinished buildings and in commercial premises. This housing is unsuitable, and most of it lacks access to water and sanitation.

  • 5.5 million inhabitants
  • 28,6% poverty rate
  • 72nd out of 188 on the Human Development Index

Our action

  • Mission
    opened in 2013
  • Team 126 national staff
  • Budget €8 M

SOLIDARITÉS INTERNATIONAL provides humanitarian assistance to both Syrian refugees and their host communities.

Whether in Akkar in the north or Zahle in Bekaa, our teams are improving the lives of the most vulnerable refugees by making their housing secure, regardless of the type of accommodation. In order to ensure people’s sustainable access to drinking water, our teams are restoring and building water and sanitation infrastructures, and installing water distribution networks.

To minimize the risk of a health crisis, our teams are conducting awareness-raising campaigns and forming management committees in charge of water and maintaining renovated buildings. Refugees and host communities work together, helping to reinforce social cohesion. To relieve the pressure on water and food resources, SOLIDARITÉS INTERNATIONAL also runs training programs focusing on new farming techniques, particularly urban agriculture.

To help families take control of their lives and enjoy a more dignified standard of living, the teams at SOLIDARITÉS INTERNATIONAL distribute cash via a system of bank cards. This is an innovative scheme that gives people the freedom to choose how they spend their money, whether on housing, food, medication or clothing – while supporting the local economy.


UNICEF, European Union (ECHO, EuropeAid), DFID, French Ministry of Foreign Affairs / CDCS, CIAA

Our impact

water sanitation

Water, sanitation and hygiene

70,000 people helped

– Water distribution via tanker-truck
– Water points built and restored in informal camps and slums
– Hygiene promotion
– Latrines/showers built and restored

Shelters and livelihood support

40,000 people helped

– Construction kits distributed
– Slums restored and maintened
– Mapping of informal sites
– Identification of refugees
– Training of camp management committees

Should you have any questions, please contact Thomas Janny.

Thomas Janny

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At head office