Kfarhay, or Kfar Hay, is found in the coastal Batroun city, near Tripoli in North Lebanon. Its population is very small, with just over 500 residents.
Violence and uncertainty make daily life difficult for many Lebanese. Young people in particular have a hard time finding stable employment and have little hope for their futures.
Effects of the civil war
The economy of the town is dependent on the production of olive oil and tobacco. Thanks to the civil war that devatasted the country, the development of a more diverse local economy has been slow.
Thanks in part to the war in Syria, Lebanon is struggling to attract the kind of investment it needs to improve the lives of its people. Corruption is also a very real problem and funds are spent on main cities leaving places like Kfarhay neglected.
Impact of the Syrian war
As the intensity of the war in Syria shows no sign of abating, more and more Syrians are fleeing to northern Lebanon. They join already high numbers of Palestinian and Iraqi refugees. The region around Kfarhay has one of the highest rates of refugees in the world – one in every three people is a refugee.
Children of Lebanon
Although Lebanon is a middle income country, poverty still exists in many places. About 300,000 Lebanese live in extreme poverty, with 1 million earning less than $4 daily. The North Governate where Kfarhay is located is the most deprived region in Lebanon. Many of those who used to afford electricity, food and water are now falling below the poverty line. 30% of people in this region have no access to health care, basic utilities or education.
The area is quite unstable and children there are used to violent clashes erupting in the streets. As recently as 2012, there were clashes in Tripoli which led to the death of several people and the effects of the ongoing Syrian war continue to spill over as the refugee camps continue to grow and shanty towns spring up on the edges of the town. The children who live in the camps cannot go to school and do not get proper nutrition and health care.
SOS Children’s Village Kfarhay
Our work in Kfarhay began in 1995 during the conflict in southern Lebanon, between Hezbollah forces and the Israeli army. It was a difficult time to start SOS Children Village but the need was urgent as many children needed care.
SOS Children’s Village Kfarhay has several SOS families which care for children without parents. Many of the children that come to the SOS families are traumatised and in desperate need of counselling. Some are injured and need therapy, while others have no access to education because of lack of funds. We are providing psychological care, therapy for those who need it, and training for parents.
Prepared for an independent future
The children in the SOS families attend school from nursery up to secondary level. They are encouraged to play with local children. After secondary level, the teenagers are supported to pursue higher education or begin training for work skills.
SOS Children has a transition house to prepare young adults for the next phase in their lives. They are supervised by a counsellor while in our youth programme. Other facilities in SOS Children Kfarhay are the open fields, open theatre, workshop areas, multi-purpose hall, and administrative building.
Vulnerable children in Kfarhay need support to ensure they have thriving futures. You can help a child in our Children's Village by becoming a child sponsor today.