To the trials of exile, add the onset of winter. Multiply that by 1.5 million—the number of Syrians now in Lebanon—divide by the cost of renewing a residency permit, which at $200 is unaffordable for most, and you can begin to estimate the scope of the need that Act Against Hunger is working to meet.
The Spanish organization, dedicated to fighting malnutrition, is providing food and sanitation aid to 80,000 Syrians in Lebanon. Winter there will be bitter for them, as “most [refugees] live in tents made of wood, plastic and blankets, in areas where constant floods occur“, explains Paolo Lubrano, ACF’s country director in Lebanon.
Since 75% of these refugees are women with children, among whom incidences of diarrhea are increasing, the NGO has launched a new program for kids under five and nursing women, while providing clean water, latrines, waste collection, and basic hygiene supplies to 30,000 Syrians in the Bekaa and southern Lebanon. ACF is also working in the northeastern Syrian province of Hassake and preparing programs for Syrians in Iraq and Jordan.
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