Lebanon

IRD began working in Lebanon in 2006, directing economic recovery and development assistance funds to poor rural households in the south that were affected by the July War.

In 2009, IRD began implementing the Entrepreneurship for Refugees (EfR) program in response to the influx of Iraqi refugees into the country. EfR connects refugees seeking work to job training opportunities and partnerships with local businesses. The program also provides legal services to help refugees obtain working papers. EfR recently expanded to offer services Syrian refugees in Lebanon.

Further support for Syrian refugees in Lebanon comes through the Protective Support to Syrian Refugees in Lebanon (PSSR) program, which provides refugees legal assistance and information about their rights. The program’s small community support projects improve hygiene and sanitation services, provide supplies to local schools, and improve public spaces. In 2014, IRD began providing support to the Ministry of Health to improve state health services, logistical support to UNHCR immunization and awareness campaigns, and distribution of medical supplies provided by the World Health Organization.

Programs

Emergency Relief and Employment Project

In September 2006, the Department for International Development (DfID), the UK g... more

Entrepreneurship for Refugees Program in Lebanon

Iraqis have fled conflict in their own country to live in many other nations in the... more

Success Stories

From Detention to Legal Status and Job Placement

When life in Iraq became very insecure, Mohannad, 34, sought refuge in Lebanon in 2... more

A Father Finds Stability and Security

LEBANON – Makardig Mardirousian, 47, came to Lebanon from Iraq in October 2009 with... more

Lebanon Emergency Relief and Employment Program

In September 2006, the Department for International Development (DfID), the UK gove... more

Legalization: Sweet as Chocolate

Hamzah Hameed Abed Khalife, 31, entered Lebanon illegally in 2005 from Iraq... more

Helping Refugees Navigate Life in Lebanon

Samer Ali Jasem came to IRD in October 2009 to register himself for the Entrepreneu... more

Vocational Training for Iraqis in Lebanon

IRD’s Entrepreneurship for Refugees Program offers Iraqi men living in Leba... more

IRD Provides Farming Equipment in Southern Lebanon

Wehbe Darwish is Moukhtar, or mayor, of Al-Bayyad, a village of 1,200 people in cen... more

Training for a Better Career Through the Community

The waiting list for the Saydoun Vocational Training Center in Tyre is more than 10... more

Cash for Work Repairs Damage, Provides Income in Southern Lebanon

Atef Selman is head of the municipal council of Al-Bayyad, a village in the hills o... more

Students in Lebanon Prepare for Their Graduation

The waiting list for the Saydoun Vocational Training Center in Tyre is more than 10... more

Small Business Grants to Build Back Better

The bombing in Zabqine began last August, and the small supply shop owned by Hussei... more