Lebanon currently hosts approximately 1.5 million Syrian and Palestinian refugees. According to the VASYR report from 2017, 71% of the Syrian refugees, 65% of the Palestinian refugees and 1 million Lebanese people live below the poverty line. In order to get by, many families have to make difficult decisions about spending, prioritising short-term needs and inhibiting their ability to invest in the future.
The lack of livelihoods opportunities and the high cost of basic food items is leading to rising levels of food insecurity in the Bekaa Valley. Many displaced families are adopting coping strategies that negatively affect their livelihoods, such as reducing their food spending and incurring debt to cover essential food, health, and educational expenses. In some cases, families are resorting to involving children and adolescents in income-generating activities. .
Salam LADC’s aid program works to alleviate the financial pressure on the most vulnerable people in the area. We offset spending through the provision of different types of aid, most of which is meant to fulfill short-term needs. We conduct needs assessments regularly within our program communities to ensure that we are providing relief to those who need it most. By working closely with other local and international partners on the ground, Salam is able to reach the most vulnerable families and individuals, often covering gaps in provision that other NGOs cannot.