Emergency Relief: How It Works
How Open Doors works through local partners in Lebanon
Through local partners, Open Doors distributes food and essential items to 12,000 families in Syria and 15,000 in Iraq. In Lebanon, Open Doors works through local partners to support over 700 Syrian refugee families.
Today, we are in Lebanon, not far from the Syrian border. And in two separate tent settlements we will distribute 150 food packages to Syrian refugee families. The storage room is almost empty now—the small truck was loaded before we arrived. The team is waiting for departure to the first camp.
Officially, it's not a camp. The Lebanese government does not like to name these settlements ‘camps’. There are over one million Syrian refugees in Lebanon, and many have to arrange their own place to live, often renting land from a locals. The owner lets them live on the land for about $500 per tent per year, often with the obligation that they work on his land during the Lebanese summer for low wages.
“Let’s go,” our guide for the day and managing director of our local partner says. We jump into the cars and follow the truck to the first settlement.
After 20 minutes, the last part travelling over bumpy, dusty roads, we enter the camp. 70 white tents for 90 families. In the past this camp was closer to one of the main roads, but since the Lebanese government ordered that camps be further away from official roads, many camps have had to find alternative locations.