$4.5 million support towards Host communities and Refugees from Syria in Lebanon

06 Aug 2014

imageundp lebanon - Mr. Mountain & Minister Nazarian at Press Conference at the ministry of water & energy

The United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) in Beirut announced the donation of around $4.5 million from its Emergency Response Fund (ERF) targeting refugees from Syria and host communities in Lebanon during a press conference which took place on Wednesday August 6 2014 at the Ministry of Energy and Water.

H.E Mr. Arthur Nazarian Minister of Energy & Water and Mr. Ross Mountain UN Resident Coordinator, Humanitarian Coordinator & UNDP Resident Representative in Lebanon attended the press conference.

Mr. Nazarian thanked the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs for its help in facing the crisis of water scarcity as a result of increased consumption resulting from the displacement of more than 1,300,000 displaced Syrians. He also called on more aid in the sectors of Water and electricity. "

As for Mr. Mountain, in his word he said, “, I am pleased that OCHA – the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs- has been able to allocate US$4.5 million to provide drinking water to over a quarter of a million Lebanese, refugees from Syria, and Palestinians. Overall 132 villages were identified through the Water Establishments and UN/NGO process as at high risk of water scarcity.  Including large parts of Akkar and northern Tripoli Governorate, the Bekka valley and parts of South Lebanon. . We identified 15 emergency projects which will benefit over 255,000 people (Lebanese, Syrian refugees, PRS, PRL, Lebanese returnees).”

Seventeen projects will be carried out to provide immediate assistance such as water trucking, jerry can distribution and hygiene promotions and also medium term aid such as installation of pipes and pumps and rehabilitation of water supply schemes for the areas affected by the Syrian crisis in Lebanon. These projects will benefit around 412,500 Lebanese citizens in host communities distributed in the North, Bekaa and South Lebanon in addition to around 201,508 Refugees from Syria and around 33,045 Palestinian Refugees already located in Lebanon.

These programmes are carried out after consultation with the Ministry of Energy and Water, by local and international NGOs, in close cooperation with UNICEF and UNHCR.

The Emergency Response Fund (ERF) mobilized and channels resources to humanitarian partners to respond to the current situation in Syria and initiate life-saving humanitarian activities both inside Syria and in neighboring countries. The ERF in Lebanon has played a crucial role in funding life-saving and urgent humanitarian needs, injecting money into prioritized but also underfunded sectors.