Our Work in Lebanon

With close to 1 million Syrians having found asylum in Lebanon, the country hosts one of the largest refugee populations in the world. In addition to Syrians, Lebanon also hosts more than 5,000 Iraqi refugees. Formal refugee camps do not exist in Lebanon, so most refugees live in informal settlements or in urban areas.

Since July 2013, JRS Lebanon provides support to refugee families in Bourj Hammoud through home visits, accompaniment, the distribution of emergency aid, and other social services. The JRS Frans Van Der Lugt Centre provides formal and informal education to refugee children, youth, and adults. JRS Lebanon also runs several schools providing formal education to refugee children, as well as women’s centres in Bar Elias and Baalbeck.


See Our Work

JRS staff conducting home visits to support those affected by Beirut explosion which rocked the city on August 4, 2020. Photo Credit: Nadine Malli/JRS Lebanon.
Lebanon Country director, Heba Al Basha, is interacting with the home visit team at Frans van der Lugt centre (FVDL) in Bourj Hammoud. Photo Credit: Nadine Malli/JRS Lebanon.
In communities around Lebanon, from the Bekaa Valley to the Mediterranean coast, Jesuit Refugee Service is creating schools for Syrian children in areas where educational opportunities weren't previously available. (Andy Ash)