Our work in Syria and Lebanon

Oxfam Denmark ensures the most vulnerable communities in Syria and Lebanon receive lifesaving humanitarian assistance and live dignified, resilient and sustainable lives.

5.9 million people

need acute human assistance in Syria

5000+ women and girls

in Lebanon have received menstrual hygiene kits by Oxfam Denmark in 2021/2022

7 water systems

are being rehabilitated with solar power.

81.668 people

in Syria and Lebanon received humanitarian assistance by Oxfam Denmark in 2021.

Syria and Lebanon are extremely fragile countries and in Syria, the civil war has left 13.4 million people in need of humanitarian assistance.

With the aftermath of conflict, economic deterioration, a fuel crisis, lack of water and limited health services, the living conditions in Syria and Lebanon are rapidly declining.

We rehabilitate water systems, with a focus on upgrading them to solar power, ensuring secured, sustainable access to water for water, sanitation and hygiene needs.

We provide protection services to vulnerable communities, especially gender-based violence services such as psychosocial support, legal referral and case management.

We also improve livelihood opportunities to diversify income and improve the capacity of small-scale farmers. 

Our goals in Syria and Lebanon

  • To ensure that women and girls have their menstrual hygiene needs met, providing them with both privacy, dignity and increased knowledge.
  • To sustainably rebuild water and sanitation infrastructure, improving agricultural practices as well as improving hygiene practices protecting against infectious diseases
  • To secure that crisis affected people, particularly for gender-based violence survivors, have access to protection services and increased knowledge of their rights.
  • To ensure that crisis affected people, including women and youth, have increased food security and sustainable, resilient livelihoods.
Women are constantly at the frontline when disaster strikes. We are the nurses, the mothers, the wives, the aid workers, the doctors, the cleaners, the business owners, the teachers, the directors. We are also almost always expected to save the day. But we cannot and should not be expected to always save the day.
Nour Shawaf
Humanitarian Programme Coordinator, Oxfam in Lebanon

Facts about Syrian refugees in Syria and Lebanon

  • Since the war began in March 2011, 6 million people have been internally displaced within Syria and over 12 million have left their homes.
  • Lebanon is one of Syria’s most heavily impacted neighbours, holding 1.5 million Syrian refugees with little capacity to support them, meaning 98% of these refugees live in extreme poverty.
  • 80 percent of Syrians now live below the poverty line.
  • More than one in three of the population of Syria relies on an unsafe water supply.