Emergency Humanitarian Assistance, Protection and Livelihood support for Vulnerable Populations in and around Syria
The consequences of almost ten years of civil war are increasingly more apparent in both Syria and Lebanon. After a period of greater stability in government-controlled areas of Syria, unrest has risen in the South, West, and North while fighting in Idlib and the north-east continues to grow. Beyond the violence and continued displacement, economic downturn in both Syria and Lebanon has prompted high inflation and currency depreciation reducing purchasing power and driving communities deeper into poverty. In Lebanon, the World Bank predicts 52% of the population will be below the poverty line by the end of 2020. The coronavirus pandemic has exacerbated economic difficulties, food insecurity, and protection issues, and the recent explosion in Beirut has added further both to the need and complexity. The economic deterioration has prompted negative coping mechanisms such as child labour, school drop outs, reduced food consumption, and other harmful practices.
In Syria, the conflict continues to take a devastating toll on the lives of the Syrian people, this is added to by a rapidly worsening economy leading to higher food prices and the Covid-19 pandemic. Some 6.7 million Syrians are internally displaced and 5.5 million are registered as refugees outside of the country.
The ultimate objective of this project is to meet immediate humanitarian and protection needs of vulnerable populations and contribute to sustainable livelihoods recovery. The project targets vulnerable populations in and around Syria, carrying out emergency response and contributing to sustainable livelihoods recovery following almost ten years of civil war, protracted displacement, and severe economic decline.
Specific objectives are the following:
- Provide emergency assistance and services to meet humanitarian and protection needs of vulnerable households (through food and hygiene items, protection activities & legal services), especially for at-risk women and children.
- Contribute to minimizing use of negative coping strategies by most vulnerable household(returnees, IDPs and remainees) and support establishment of sustainable urban and rural livelihoods