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An SOS young person holds her younger SOS brother outside their Village in BhersafLebanon is a small, mountainous country in the Middle East, whose vibrantly mixed population has experienced considerable unrest in recent decades. Living standards have suffered as a result and many children live in tough conditions. Today, the country is home to over a million refugees, many of them from neighbouring Syria. Sponsor a child in Lebanon with SOS Children's Villages and help us reach even more children.

We have been working to improve the lives of the most vulnerable Lebanese children since 1966. 

Sponsor a child in Lebanon

A difficult past and a challenging future

A refugee at the Bekaa refugee camp in Lebanon holds her children

From 1975 until the early 1990s Lebanon suffered a bloody civil war in which regional powers - particularly Israel, Syria and the Palestine Liberation Organisation - used the country as a battlefield for their own conflicts. Israeli troops invaded in 1982 before pulling back to a self-declared "security zone" in 1985 from which they withdrew in May 2000.

For decades, Lebanon has played host to refugees - there are some 400,000 Palestinian refugees alone within the country's borders. Recently, Syrian refugees have swelled the refugee population in Lebanon to over 1.3 million. Over-stretched local authorities and communities are struggling to cope with the enormity of the situation. Conditions for refugees are becoming increasingly desperate. Learn more about how we're helping refugees in Lebanon and beyond.

Our Work in Lebanon

Helping refugees

We have been helping refugees in Lebanon since March 2014. We operate an emergency interim care centre in Khonshara which has looked after more than 200 vulnerable children, providing them with a safe place to sleep, food and schooling. Our child-psychologists and medical team also support children from the centre and the surrounding area. 

Refugee crisis appeal

We have launched a crisis appeal to deal with the current refugee crisis in the Middle East and Europe. We are offering medical support, trauma counselling, clothes, food and tents to vulnerable families and children. Our child-friendly spaces are safe-havens where children can relax and play and escape from the challenges they face in their daily lives. 

Find out more about what we're doing to support refugees and how you can help. 

Our Children's Villages

We run four Children's Villages in Lebanon, caring for orphaned and vulnerable children. We also run Social Centres dedicated to community empowerment. 

A little girl from our Children's Village Sferai plays on a swing

Bhersaf, Beirut

We began working in the country in 1966. Three years later the first SOS Children's Village was established in Bhersaf, inland from the capital Beirut. The Village has 12 family houses and is home to 108 children. Also nearby, the first SOS Youth Homes were set up in the mid-1970s, to help teenagers from the Village in their first steps to independence.

Sferai, Saida

A second SOS Children's Village opened in Sferai, about 16 km east of the harbour city of Saida. As a result of the ongoing political conflict in the area and the closure of the main access roads, the SOS families and their neighbours lived for many years in virtual isolation.

Mkallès

The first SOS Social Centre in the country, “SOS-Entraide” was opened in Mkallès near Beirut in 1986, helping disadvantaged women and families from the neighbourhood by providing work as well as social and economic support. Its main focus is to prevent the abandonment of children by strengthening at-risk families, particularly those headed by single mothers.

Kfarhay, Tripoli

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In 1995, operations moved north, with the opening of a third Village, SOS Children’s Village Kfarhay, near Tripoli. The attached SOS Nursery cares for both SOS children and those from the local neighbourhood and plays a major role in ensuring that the village is well-integrated in the community.

Ksarnaba

Finally, in 2006 a fourth SOS Children’s Village was opened in Ksarnaba, in central Lebanon, comprising eight family homes. The local SOS Nursery and SOS Social Centre ensure that the local community receives the support it needs to give children the best start in life. The vocational training programme is a key project to improve the economically underdeveloped area, where 56% of girls are illiterate.


Local contact

Association Libanaise des Villages d'Enfants SOS

B.P. 55242, Sin El Fil

Beirut

Lebanon

Tel: +961/1/499 787

Fax: +961/1/499 808

e-mail: soslib@dm.net.lb

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