Lebanon, a country that has received millions of refugees from neighboring Syria and Palestine over the years, is itself now on the verge of a humanitarian disaster. Mass unemployment, a depreciation of the local currency, power cuts and the advancing economic crisis are increasing the number of people living on the verge of poverty. The explosion in the Beirut port in August 2020 only exacerbated the country’s existing problems, destroying homes, hospitals, schools and public buildings.
Polish Humanitarian Action decided to allocate funds for immediate actions in Lebanon, so as to immediately help the victims. In cooperation with the local organization International Human Relief, the damaged apartments were repaired, including the replacement of electrical and plumbing installations, and the insertion of new doors and windows. Cash support was also given to the people who suffered the most from the explosion, so that they could meet the most basic needs – buy medicines, water, food. We also conducted psychosocial support sessions and individual consultations for people who live in trauma and stress after an explosione.
At the same time, PAH launched the Glow Center for Empowerment training center in Beirut in autumn 2020, where young people from marginalized environments can gain professional and personal skills. There are classes including robotics, 3D printing, programming, running your own business and entrepreneurship. This is very important for people who have very difficult access to the labor market, especially refugees from Syria and Palestine.
The Glow Center for Empowerment project has been co-financed since 2020 as part of the Polish development cooperation of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Poland.