Lebanon

The 2006 July War in Lebanon caused nearly 975,000 people to flee their homes at the height of emergency, but most estimate that more than 700,000 displaced persons have returned to their home areas since the ceasefire.

On July 29, 2006, within the first weeks of the hostilities, IRD sent an assessment team to determine how best to respond to the escalating crisis with the help of its local partner, the International Center for Organizational Development   (ICOD).

In September 2006, the Department for International Development (DfID), the UK government department dealing in humanitarian aid, awarded IRD a grant to provide assistance to poor rural households in southern Lebanon adversely affected by the July War. The project, which continued for four months, focused on ten small villages in the Tyre District of southern Lebanon and has benefited more than eight thousand people.

By the end of the project, IRD project staff in Beirut and Tyre disbursed more than $620,000 in direct economic recovery and development assistance funds in the region. The project was made possible by the collaborative efforts of IRD, ICOD, and the communities of rural southern Lebanon. IRD works in cooperation with, and with the express appreciation of, municipal councils and moukhtars in these communities and maintains program offices and staff in Beirut both to continue that relationship and explore new program development.

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

A Father Finds Stability and Security

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

From Detention to Legal Status and Job Placement

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

Helping Refugees Navigate Life in Lebanon

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

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

Small Business Grants to Build Back Better

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

Students in Lebanon Prepare for Their Graduation

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

Vocational Training for Iraqis in Lebanon

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