Responding efficiently to the needs of the Syrian refugees and Lebanese population strongly affected by the 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 war started in 2011, Lebanon has welcomed more than a million refugees. On top of this challenge, a major political and economic crisis has pushed part of the Lebanese population under the poverty line.

Since late 2019, the country is going through a major social, economic and political crisis, which quickly resulted in an unprecedented financial crisis leading to the rapid impoverishment of the majority of the population and unemployment rates to skyrocket. For the 1.5 million Syrian refugees, as well as for 200 000 Palestinian refugees and an ever growing number of Lebanese living below the poverty line, access to water and sanitation basic services, food and shelter is a hardship. Limited public services and infrastructures make these populations dependent on costly private services, while their savings and livelihoods are depleting every day. Evictions and natural disasters, like floods, worsen this phenomenon for Syrian refugee populations living in tents in Informal Settlements. In addition, the country is not spared by the COVID-19 pandemic with more than 116,000 cases up to this day, worsening the economic and health situation of the population.

On top of this alarming situation, on 04 August 2020, a massive explosion took place in the port of Beirut killing more than 200 people, injuring at least 6,000, and causing considerable damage within a radius of 20 km around the port area, further negatively affecting the Lebanese economy.

  • 6.8 million inhabitants
  • 55% poverty rate
  • 93rd out of 189 on the Human Development Index

Our action

  • Mission
    opened in 2013
  • Team 17 international staff
    132 national staff
  • Budget 13.3M€

Established in the North of the country and in the Beqaa Valley, SOLIDARITÉS INTERNATIONAL is a key emergency responder and has developed a long-term water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) and shelter interventions approach.

To meet the needs of refugees and most vulnerable populations, SOLIDARITÉS INTERNATIONAL teams identified, tested and made available innovative technologies and are providing beneficiaries with sustainable infrastructures, thereby reducing their dependence on private entrepreneurs offering expensive and low-quality services. Moreover, SI teams have recently started to implement a program contributing to disaster risks reduction focusing on floods.


UNICEF, European Union (ECHO, EuropeAid), DFID, French Ministry of Foreign Affairs – Crisis and Support Center, UNHCR, BPRM, French Agency for Development (AFD), GSMA, MEDAIR, Start Fund, City of Besançon, Water Agency of Rhône-Méditerranée-Corse

Our impact

water sanitation

Strengthening access to basic services (WASH and Shelter support)

75 000 beneficiaries

– Water supply and access (for all needs)
– Rehabilitation and construction of sanitation infrastructures
– Hygiene Promotion
– Shelter and housing rehabilitation
– Partnership with Protection and Health actors
– COVID-19 response activities

Disaster risks reduction

200 000 beneficiaries

– Disaster Risk Management (DRM) assessment, planning and action at community, municipal, Governorate and National level
– Support to DRM public authorities and local actors

Emergency response

20 000 beneficiaries

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

Should you have any questions, please contact Thomas Janny.

Thomas Janny

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