The last two months have seen high winds and heavy rains across Lebanon. Unfortunately, this has caused a huge amount of devastation and further displacement to many marginalized refugee communities. According to UNHCR, more than 360 areas, hosting 11,300 refugees, have been affected, with a number of these being completely flooded. At least 600 Syrian refugees in the Bekaa have been forced to relocate, and one young Syrian girl lost her life in the floods. A number of wonderful NGOs in Lebanon have come together to support those affected, including ULYP.
In the last newsletter, we announced our Caring Coats Campaign, asking for donations of warm clothing and blankets. Thanks to your kind donations, ULYP was able to deliver these essential winter items to those refugees affected by the weather. Your items were delivered to camps and gatherings in the Bekaa, an elderly center in Naher El Bared camp in the North, and a pre-school in Ein El Hilweh camp, Saida. This could not have been possible without your generous support, and the support of First National Bank (FNB) and other partners. The American Community School, Beirut, is still collecting winter clothes and blankets so please continue to donate everything you can, to help those in need. When individuals, communities and organizations work together, we really can make a huge difference to people’s lives here in Lebanon.