Cash for Basic Assistance II (Lebanon)
The overall objective of this project is to contribute to improving basic living conditions of Syrian refugees and affected vulnerable host communities in Lebanon.
Specifically, its aim is that 350 most vulnerable Syrian refugee and host community households are better capable to meet their basic needs and cope with challenging winter conditions as well as sudden onset emergencies
1. 250 target households (HH) in Zahle and Rachaya (1.250 persons) have improved their capacity to cover their priority basic needs and their access to basic services for 16 months
2. The same target households (250 HH) have improved their capacity to cope with severe seasonal changes during harsh winter months
3. LRC has increased capacity and the means to support communities affected by sudden onset emergencies with cash assistance
In total, about 1.795 men, women, girls and boys (including 45 LRC volunteers and staff) will profit from the ADA grant.
• Approx. 250 most vulnerable households (1.250 persons in need). Those beneficiaries will include approx. 70% Syrian refugee households and 30% most vulnerable Lebanese host community households, according to the demographic balance of the most vulnerable families.
• Up to 100 most vulnerable families, affected by a sudden onset disaster will furthermore profit from a one-time cash assistance.
• Approximately 45 LRC volunteers and staff (gender balanced) will be trained for the cash in emergency component. Furthermore, the LRC Disaster Management Unit will benefit directly from the upgraded information management system for emergency response.
Indirect beneficiaries include the population of Zahle and Rachaya districts, municipality offices and representatives of both districts, profiting indirectly from the increased economic activity in the communities, and the LRC Disaster Management Unit, by increasing the CTP operational capacities.
b) Implementing Partners of the Applicant:
The Lebanese Red Cross (LRC) with about 300 staff and 7.000 volunteers in 32 branches throughout the country will be the implementing partner of the project.
c) Exact Location
The main geographical area for the implementation of the project will be in the Bekaa region, in Zahle and Rachaya. Those families profiting from emergency cash assistance however will be selected from the broader LRC operational area and hence won’t be necessarily located in Zahle and Rachaya.
? 250 target households receive cash for basic assistance such as food, health, education and rental fees and in addition, for harsh winter months where needs increase, a cash top-up.
? Up to 100 target households receive a one-time cash assistance to meet their immediate needs resulting from a sudden onset disaster.
? Systems are being set up and 45 LRC staff and volunteers will be trained in providing emergency cash to allow for a rapid response to vulnerable beneficiaries within 72h after a sudden onset disaster
Almost eight years into the conflict in Syria, approx. 1.5 million Syrian refugees out of which 944.613 are currently registered with UNHCR reside in Lebanon. In the Bekaa region 342.560 Syrian refugees are registered with UNHCR with many more present but without registration.
Persons displaced from Syria have reached a critical situation portrayed by a progressive dwindling of resources and restricted access to income generation opportunities, thus especially, but not only the refugee population remains highly vulnerable to external shocks and reliant on humanitarian assistance to survive.
Even though more sustainable solutions are being explored, due to restrictive regulations regarding the access to the labor market for refugees, coupled with a severe shortfall in international support many Syrian refugees in Lebanon are still unable to access crucial basic family needs including medical care, food, adequate shelter, access to education, basic domestic items for their household incl. clothes and home supplies. During winter (from November to March), needs increase as temperatures drop in many parts in Lebanon and heating, warm clothing and blankets are needed. Regular financial support flexible enough to cover the individual minimum basic needs of those most vulnerable families are crucial to avoid further adaptation of negative coping mechanisms, increase of depts and to ensure that minimum basic needs can be met.