Lebanon

Caritas Lebanon cooperationOver 13 million people have fled their homes due to the long lasting conflict in Syria. Out of those who have crossed the country’s borders, most have found new homes in neighboring countries. One of these countries is Lebanon where 1.5 million Syrians currently live, making up nearly a quarter of the country’s current population. This creates pressure on various aspects of life in Lebanon, including the already overwhelmed health system.

Support of Health Service - Prenatal Care

Together with Caritas Lebanon, we supported the local health service in 2017, specifically prenatal care of vulnerable women. Through our aid, vulnerable women in seven health centers across the country have been able to undergo ultrasound and other important tests, and have gynecological consultations. In Lebanon, we provided training for head nurses in selected health centers and organized awareness-raising sessions which covered topics, such as prenatal care, breastfeeding, nurturing, and postnatal care.

Immediate Aid after the Beirut Explosion

Beirut explosionThe massive explosion of ammonium nitrate in the port of Beirut in August 2020 dramatically affected the lives of the Lebanese for a long time. The country was dealing with a deep economic crisis prior to the explosion, which was worsened by the disaster even more. Caritas Czech Republic immediately launched a public collection to help Lebanon, to which the Czech donors contributing more than 2 million Czech crowns. This collection aided more than 220,000 people.

We also immediately immersed ourselves in helping the victims of this disaster. Together with partner Caritas Lebanon and other Caritas from Europe, we helped the locals rebuild their destroyed homes and provided food and sanitary and health packages. We provided medical care and psychosocial assistance to people who are dealing with aftermaths of a traumatic experience.

Caritas Switzerland, which has been operating in the country for a long time, is coordinating the distribution of the aid.

Saving Lebanon: More than 218 495 people got another chance
February 2, 2021 Lebanon

Saving Lebanon: More than 218 495 people got another chance

The explosion of nearly 3 000 tons of ammonium nitrate at the port in Beirut has had a long lasting serious impact on the whole Lebanese population. If it was not for organisations such as Caritas, a huge number of people would not have had a chance to get back on their feet, since they were living close to the poverty line already before the 4th August. The Prime Minister resigned soon after the blast, and since then the country has been practically without governance. The longer this lasts, the more difficult it is to see a way out of it.

I prey for the Lebanese and keep fingers crossed for them
August 18, 2020 Charita Česká republika

I prey for the Lebanese and keep fingers crossed for them

Bronislava Barošová comes from Bohemia but Lebanon has become her second home. In the  interview for Charita (Caritas Czech republic) she describes how the recent explosion has affected her family and friends, and she described the current situation in Beirut.

The hospital looked as if there was a war raging around, a Caritas volunteer describes the situation
August 14, 2020 Charita Česká republika

The hospital looked as if there was a war raging around, a Caritas volunteer describes the situation

On a regular August afternoon the lives of hundreds of thousands of ordinary Beirut citizens turned to wrecks – and literally so. Maritta is one of those affected by the massive explosion in the port warehouse last week, her house was badly damaged. Even in this difficult situation she has decided to help others as a volunteer with the Lebanese Caritas.

Caritas across the world have raised more than € 530 000 for Lebanon
August 12, 2020 Charita Česká republika

Caritas across the world have raised more than € 530 000 for Lebanon

The capital of Lebanon is slowly recovering from the initial shock following a massive explosion which has shattered the port area. After the event local Caritas Lebanon offered immediate assistance – and to this date Caritas organizations from more than 10 countries in the world have made a contribution to directly support the victims of this disaster with an amount exceeding  € 530 000.