Quotes from Lebanese and Syrian Beneficiaries
- Providing warmth to Host Communities
As a result of severe winter weather, many Lebanese host communities are struggling to heat their homes and keep warm, a situation further compounded by power cuts that last for up to 12 hours a day. For years, Lebanese families have relied on diesel-fuel stoves; however fuel is a dangerous, highly flammable substance and it is often too expensive to afford, leaving many families vulnerable to the cold.
“Enaam Hassan, a Lebanese mother of twenty said: “I used to buy diesel fuel for 3,000-5,000 Lebanese Pounds which was barely enough for me, but God has sent me this stove and briquettes to keep us warm”.
Shouelly Ahmad el Hajji, a Lebanese woman from Al Hisheh said: “We are 15 people living in this house, and have lived here for forty years using the diesel fuel stove to keep us warm, but with the money we used to buy diesel fuel, now we can buy bread and food instead. Our joy is inexpressible.”
- Supporting social cohesion by reducing tension
As the Syrian crisis goes on, Lebanese host communities are witnessing socio-economic and security implications affecting their everyday life. Signs of conflicts between the Lebanese and Syrian communities are becoming clear in many regions across the country. Faced with the overload of challenges at different levels, municipalities are left alone with limited technical guidance to address the implications of this crisis.
“What we have learned from this training can be applied in our work, family and home. Everyone can start making the changes in their home,” said a nurse from Al Mansoura. A comment shared by Mahmoud Ibrahim, a municipality member from Al Marj, who hoped that the participants in the training will later on meet as one team representing all municipalities to face and resolve the crisis.
- UNDP and the UK boost cooperation in supporting the health care center in the Bekaa
Bar Elias town is located in the Zahle district, Bekaa Governorate, and in addition to a population of 60,000 inhabitants, Bar Elias has been receiving Syrian people since the beginning of the Crisis. The municipality of Bar Elias is only one of the 62 municipalities of the most vulnerable host communities in the North, Bekaa, South, and Mount Lebanon covered by the Department OF International Development (DFID)
“Despite the poverty we are living in, the center has helped me and my kids a lot especially that getting medical care in Lebanon is too expensive.” Said Soua’d Al Shridi, a 32 year-old Syrian beneficiary and a mother of nine kids.