Lebanon:Highlights of Completed Projects

Family Counseling From 2011 to August 2013, Mercy-USA partnered with the local Lebanese women’s organization, Mawadda Family Counseling Center in Tripoli, to support their various pre-marital, marital and family-based counseling activities including workshops and practical training sessions.

Pediatric and Obstetric Care for Vulnerable Lebanese Villagers

From 2008 to 2010, Mercy-USA supported enhanced pediatric and obstetric care for vulnerable women and children in the village of Kfar Chouba in south Lebanon. Mercy-USA provided the local clinic with a pediatrician and an obstetrician, as well as needed medicines.

In December 2008 and January 2009, Mercy-USA repaired the clinic’s roof, which had been leaking. The repair involved pouring a new 1,415 square-foot layer of cement and then covering this cement with a new layer of asphalt as insulation.

In April 2008, Mercy-USA provided the Kfar Chouba clinic with an ultrasound examination machine and related peripherals, an examination chair for women, a delivery chair, a Doppler pulse monitor for checking fetal heartbeats, and other obstetric and gynecological equipment.

Food and Shelter

  • In February 2012, Mercy-USA provided about 5,500 gallons of heating oil to 230 vulnerable families, two schools and the health center in the town of Kfar Chouba.  In total, this project helped keep 850 vulnerable persons, including at least 250 children, warm during the winter.
  • From June to October 2007, Mercy-USA for Aid and Development’s office in Lebanon provided relief to approximately 25,000 displaced residents of the Nahr Al-Bared Palestinian Refugee Camp in northern Lebanon. From August to October 2007, Mercy-USA distributed 9,000 floor mats to all displaced Nahr Al-Bared families (approximately 22,000 persons) temporarily sheltered in the Beddawi Palestinian Refugee Camp. These mats, which are especially prized during the summer months, provide a safe, clean sitting area for four to five people; also, two to three persons can sleep on them. They are used both indoors and outdoors, and are easy to clean and carry.
  • During June 2007, Mercy-USA distributed drinking water, floor mats and hygiene packages to 740 displaced Nahr Al-Bared families (about 3,400 persons) sheltered in the Beddawi Camp. The hygiene packages provided to these families consisted of towels, toothbrushes, toothpaste, soap, shampoo, detergent, disinfectant and other hygiene items. Clinics in the camp received anti-lice spray.

Mercy-USA’s relief workers provided the drinking water, floor mats and hygiene packages to 500 families housed in four schools (Al-Nasreh, Majdal, Nahr Al-Ardon and Kawakab) run by the UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) and also to 240 displaced families that were living with host families in Beddawi Camp.

  • During early March 2007, Mercy-USA for Aid and Development’s office in Lebanon distributed heating oil to 55 schools in the Bekaa Valley (Hermel and Baalbek) and in Kfar Gooz in the south. Over 15,000 children and their teachers benefited from this project that provided them with warm classrooms in which to learn and develop. From October 2006 to January 2007, Mercy-USA for Aid and Development’s office in Lebanon assisted approximately 7,500 vulnerable Lebanese civilians and Palestinian refugees.

During this period, Mercy-USA completed the following projects:

  • Provision of heating oil to more than 400 families (over 2,000 persons) in the Bekaa Valley (Baalbek, Hermel, and seven villages in the Western Bekaa) and the town of Kfar Chouba in south Lebanon. The heating oil kept these families warm during the cold winter months.
  • Provision of winter jackets to 1,300 young schoolchildren in the Baalbek and Hermel areas. These jackets helped them to stay warm while studying in classrooms that had minimal heating or no heating at all.
  • Distribution of 125 one-month food packages to vulnerable families in the Tripoli area of northern Lebanon and an additional 125 one-month food packages to needy families in the Beddawi Palestinian refugee camp.
  • Distribution of fresh lamb meat to 304 vulnerable families in Beirut, Sidon, Tyre and Tripoli and an additional 304 needy families in the Palestinian refugee camps of Sabra, Ein El-Hilwi, Rashidieh and Beddawi.