Lebanon is facing multiple crises and its economy is in deep trouble.
In a matter of months, the value of the Lebanese Lira was divided by 22. The government is failing to secure basic needs and hospitals and schools are shutting down. The Lebanese people are left with medicine and energy shortages and are struggling to survive. Hopelessness is driving massive emigration.
Famine is becoming a major problem, especially for the most vulnerable: children, the elderly and the homeless. Food and clothes are being provided by the international aid and, as winter approaches, are still much needed. Poverty is becoming more problematic due to hyperinflation. The huge number of refugees is also problematic.
The need for medicines and supplies is becoming more critical as the medical sector was already suffering due to the economic crisis and the surge in Covid-19. There is still a major need for financial support, qualified health personnel and medical equipment not only for hospitals, but also for specialized health facilities. Rebuilding hospitals is an ongoing process.
The multitude of crises have triggered an unprecedented social and economic pressure on Lebanon’s educational system which, not long ago, ranked among the best in the region. Schools are struggling, as parents can no longer afford to pay tuition fees in a country where more than half of the educational system is privately funded.
The educational system is in dire need of psychosocial support, training for teachers and remote learning support.
SMEs are the backbone of any economy and play a major role in prosperity and job creation. Lebanon is famous for many niche areas (agriculture, handicrafts, embroidery, IT ….) and counts numerous skilled and talented workers. By promoting and assisting projects, Lebanese would consider staying in the country.
Many facilities were damaged or destroyed in the following sectors: solid waste recycling, sorting and composting, healthcare waste storage, solid waste collection and transportation equipment and environmental monitoring. Other projects involving clean air, clean water, recycling and renewable energy were either stillborn or shelved due to political bickering or corruption.
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