Syrian refugees hit the bottom of Lebanese society

Joohi Haleem from Mission East has just returned from a visit to Lebanon, where she, among other things visited a camp where Syrian refugee families have lived for 10 years. They are now being helped to grow vegetables that can increase families' health and energy.

Mission East's program manager Joohi Haleem has just returned from a 10-day trip to Lebanon, where she oversaw Mission East's projects with program director Alexander Davey.

Drought threatens 12 million people in Syria and Iraq

Extreme droughts and water shortages are plunging the population of Kurdistan and Nineveh into a food and health crisis. Mission East is making a massive relief effort in both Syria and Iraq.

Rising temperatures, failing rainfall and extreme drought are now having serious consequences for as many as 12 million people in Syria and Iraq.

Families lack food and live in extreme poverty

The war in Syria affects the entire population. The worst situation is for those who have lost their jobs due to fleeing their home, land or business. They have no income and no money – and therefore the food is scarce.

Uncle Mohamad from the Aleppo hinterland used to be able to support his family. In the 1970s, he worked as a farmer and supported his wife and seven children. He was completely dependent on his agriculture and the products he cultivated, sold and lived on.

Sarah sews face masks for 25,000 other vulnerable people in Lebanon

At the local civic center in Batroun, Lebanon, Sarah and 23 other vulnerable Syrian women are busy sewing face masks. In addition to giving Sarah an opportunity to help other vulnerable people, the project has also had a great impact on her personally: she can now continue her studies.

Sarah is a student. However, due to the COVID-19 outbreak and the growing economic crisis in Lebanon, her parents can no longer pay for her education.