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Located at the heart of a geographical region besieged by humanitarian crises, Lebanon has taken in over two million Syrian and Palestinian refugees and their number is steadily increasing. These refugees are often living in precarious conditions and a high number of children are subject to violence, child labour, early marriage and school dropouts. Our work focuses on protecting children against gender-based violence and discrimination, while improving their living conditions.

What we do

Basic necessities

Many families with children continue to seek refuge in Lebanon having fled the violence in Syria. Our teams provide them with basic necessities and pay particular attention to child victims of violence, offering them and their families psychological care and case management services. We identify their individual basic needs and deliver winter clothes, blankets, hygiene kits and safety tools for working children.

Psychosocial support and education

The majority of child refugees from Syria and Palestine, but also children from the local Dom communities of Lebanon, live in extremely precarious conditions and are the victims of discrimination. Tdh helps them overcome their everyday difficulties by organising psychosocial activities in partnership with local organisations and the Lebanese Social Development Centres. We aim to improve the conditions of working children and help them and their families understand the importance of going to school while referring them to the education sector. Our team also raises awareness among employers and municipalities of the importance to guarantee children’s rights.

Capacity building

In order to ensure that children from marginalised communities grow up in a safer environment, Tdh raises awareness among the community about issues such as child protection, gender-based violence and discrimination. In Palestinian refugee camps and in the local refugee urban communities, we encourage young people to become involved in projects related to child protection. We also train and support volunteers and members of local associations on how to protect children.

Protecting children in Lebanon

Surviving early marriage and war: The 18 year old girl introduces herself as an early marriage “survivor”. She has already referred many cases of early-married girls to Tdh in Lebanon.

Lely, early married girl that had to flee Syria


Terre des hommes in Lebanon

Beneficiaries 2016


44,851 people

Expatriate / local employees


3 / 100

Budget 2017


CHF 4,300,000.-




Where we work

Supported by


First Terre des hommes projects in Lebanon.
Initiation of the project for Palestinian refugees.
Start of the project to face the Syrian crisis.

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Making an impact for children: Annual Report 2017
Our Values
Thematic Policy - Child Protection in Humanitarian Crises

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