Germany contributes €34.2M to support children affected by the Syria crisis in Lebanon
Beirut, 19 January 2015 – The government of Germany, through KfW Development Bank, is contributing €34.2 million to UNICEF’s ongoing efforts to support vulnerable children affected by the Syria crisis in Lebanon.
The grant will assist UNICEF in providing access to quality formal and non-formal education in safe and protective environments and ensuring that girls, boys and women have adequate access to child protection services.
In addition to providing technical support to Lebanon’s Ministry of Education through building institutional capacities, the German grant will allow UNICEF to provide more than 58,000 vulnerable children with access to formal and non-formal learning opportunities and receive ‘Back to Learning’ packages containing a school uniform, a school bag and stationary. Additionally, 23,000 Syrian displaced children in need of additional learning support will have access to remedial classes to help them overcome barriers to enrolling in the Lebanese education system.
The fund will also assist UNICEF in providing 38,000 children with age-appropriate activities and information to help create a protective environment, where girls and boys are free from violence, exploitation and aware of protection services available to help them restore some sense of normalcy to their lives. Static and mobile ‘safe spaces’ will also provide 26,000 women and girls vulnerable to gender-based violence across Lebanon with access to prevention and referral services.
“UNICEF is deeply grateful to the people and government of Germany for their continued support to children in Lebanon,” said Ms. Annamaria Laurini, UNICEF’s Representative in Lebanon. “As the conflict is entering yet another year we have a small window of opportunity to ensure that not only the urgent needs of refugee children are met but also vulnerable host communities are supported with assistance to protect them from violence, abuse, and exploitation; to ensure they get quality education to foster their minds and build resilience for a better future.”
Lebanon is host to the largest number of refugees from Syria, with 1.15M refugees registered and awaiting registration. However, communities that initially opened their homes to Syrian refugee families are now struggling to make ends meet.
After four years of generous hosting to families displaced by the Syria crisis, the economic and social impact on Lebanese communities has reached a critical point as public services have been overwhelmed. The German grant will allow both Lebanese and refugee children to have the right to live in safety, dignity, freedom protected from violence, exploitation and abuse.
Germany has been one of UNICEF’s largest donors since the start of the response to the Syria crisis. This grant comes in addition to a new €15M contribution from the Government of Germany for water and sanitation interventions”.
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