Intervening effectively to address the needs of Syrian refugees and Lebanese populations heavily impacted by an unprecedented political and economic crisis
1.5 million Syrian refugees
90% of thesse refugees are in food insecurity
64% of population does not have access to drinkable water services
295,000 people helped


Since the Syrian conflict started in 2011, Lebanon has hosted more than a million and a half refugees. In addition to this challenge, since September 2019, a major economic, political and social crisis has plunged many Lebanese into poverty.

The explosions at the port of Beirut and the COVID-19 pandemic have exacerbated this unprecedented crisis. Prices, especially of oil, skyrocketed and the unemployment rate dramatically increased, resulting in a rapid impoverishment of the majority of the population.

For the 1.5 million Syrian refugees, as well as for the 200,000 Palestinian refugees and the ever-growing number of Lebanese living below the poverty line, access to basic services like water, sanitation, shelter and food is becoming increasingly difficult.

Due to limited public services and infrastructure, these populations are dependent on costly private services, while their savings and livelihoods are depleting every day. Evictions and natural disasters, such as floods, exacerbate the living conditions for Syrian refugee populations living in tents in informal settlements.

  • 6.9 million inhabitants
  • 82% poverty rate
  • 92rd out of 189 on the Human Development Index

Our action

  • Mission
    opened in 2013
  • Team 17 international staff
    180 national staff
  • Budget 14.6M€

Operating in Beirut, in the northern part of the country, and in the Bekaa Valley, SOLIDARITÉS INTERNATIONAL is a key player in the emergency response and has developed a long-term approach to increase access to water, hygiene and sanitation services and to address the shelter needs of the most vulnerable populations.

In order to meet the needs of the displaced, our teams identified, tested and made available innovative technologies and are providing beneficiaries with sustainable infrastructure, thereby reducing their dependence on private operators whose services are costly and of low quality.

In addition, our teams have recently started the implementation of a project contributing to disaster risk reduction, in particular floods.

Following the explosions in the port of Beirut on August 4, 2020, SOLIDARITÉS INTERNATIONAL is also implementing health infrastructure and shelter rehabilitation programs in the capital.

In order to respond to the additional needs created by the economic and financial crisis, SOLIDARITÉS INTERNATIONAL is focusing on developing its food security and livelihoods response for the most vulnerable populations.


UNICEF, ECHO, EU (MADAD), Crisis and Support Center (CDC), French Development Agency (AFD), GSMA, MEDAIR

Our impact

water sanitation

Strengthening access to basic services (WASH and Shelter support)

– Water supply and access (for all uses)
– Rehabilitation and construction of sanitation infrastructures
– Hygiene promotion
– Rehabilitation of shelters and housing,
– Partnerships with Health and Protection partners
– Response to the COVID-19 pandemic

Disaster risks reduction

– Assessment of needs and implementation of disaster risk mitigation measures (floods in priority)
– Support to the Disaster Risk Management (DRM) system, public authorities and local actors.

Emergency response

– Emergency water supply and sanitation
– Emergency shelter response: Shelter kits and Non Food Items distributions
– Emergency cash distributions
– Health infrastructure and shelter rehabilitation

Should you have any questions, please contact Thomas Janny.

Thomas Janny

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