Syrian Crisis Background
Now in its fifth year and showing no signs of ending, the conflict in Syria is an increasingly complex global challenge with unprecedented displacement in the region and increased needs and vulnerabilities of refugees, internally displaced people, and other persons of concern. Lebanon ranks first worldwide in number of refugees per capita; over 1.17 million registered Syrian refugees constitute about one quarter of the population. The overwhelming refugee influx has had severe economic and social impacts on Lebanon’s markets, infrastructures, and communities. At the same time, refugee families are becoming more vulnerable as their displacement is prolonged. CRWRF has committed $ 89,000 towards a food security project spearheaded by World Renew and their partner Canadian Foodgrains Bank (CFGB). Through the 4:1 matching arrangement available through CFGB, the project will provide food vouchers for 1,225 Syrian refugee families (approximately 6,750 individuals) who are highly vulnerable and who are unable to return home due to the continuous violence in Syria. Through the distribution of monthly food vouchers for four months, the project aims to stabilize access to food and mitigate negative coping strategies among vulnerable refugee families in 18 locations throughout Lebanon.
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