Housing poverty in Lebanon
- 20,300 people served in FY18
- 51 volunteers hosted in FY18
- Projects: Slum rehabilitation, incremental building repairs, market development
Our local team strives to fulfill its mission by building, rebuilding, renovating and rehabilitating houses through partnership models to reach the families in need of housing services across Lebanon.
From 1975 until the early 1990s, civil war in Lebanon destroyed not only lives, homes and infrastructure, but also its fragile society. An estimated 1 million people were displaced by fighting and hundreds of thousands were injured, killed or disappeared.
The damage to property alone was estimated at US$25 billion. Many more homes and lives were destroyed in the July–August 2006 war which also displaced one million people and damaged more than 100,000 houses.
Reconstruction from these wars left Lebanon heavily in debt, and continued political unrest has prevented its economy from recovering fully. Unemployment is around 20% and many jobs pay very low wages, despite the high cost of living, which traps families in a cycle of poverty. Rapid urbanisation due to displacement and economic deprivation has resulted in ghettos of poverty in Beirut and other cities.
Since the beginning of the Syrian civil war, neighbouring Lebanon has been suffering from a huge influx of Syrian refugees, with the numbers reaching about one million. This has put a huge strain on the housing industry and is expected to cause water shortages.
We address the housing need through our “Housing and Microfinance” and “Orphans and Vulnerable Groups” programmes. We are also currently studying the feasibility of a water, sanitation and hygiene (WaSH) response through providing hygiene kits, light solar lamps and water filters.
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