Filling Assistance Gaps in Basic Rehabilitation Services for Syrian Refugees with Disabilities and their Peers in the Host Communities of Lebanon
The continued violence in Syria has resulted in over 4 million refugees fleeing to neighboring countries, close to half of them to Lebanon. WRF Lebanon responded to the crisis by being proactively involved in information gathering, advocacy and coordination efforts among local and international humanitarian agencies helping Syrian refugees with disabilities and persons with disabilities (PWD) in host communities in Lebanon. With funding from the US State Department's Bureau of Population, Refugees and Migration, WRF is implementing a one-year Program throughout Lebanon that provides rehabilitation services to PWD among refugees from Syria and within the Lebanese communities. Refugees with disabilities face unique protection risks and posses unique capacities, which are not always identified through traditional outreach measures. Through the generous support of the United States Government, the specific needs of persons with disabilities will get the targeted attention they deserve. “The U.S. government is pleased to support this program, whose goal is to enable Syrian refugees and Lebanese alike to fully participate in their communities,” said Mark Storella, Deputy Assistant Secretary of the State Department’s Bureau of Population, Refugees and Migration. Persons with disabilities are often hidden from sight by their families and are unable to accept or receive the aid being distributed to the general population. Richard Drucker, Chairman of WRF, noted, “We are honored to be partnering with the US State Department to deliver services and materials to refugees with disabilities. This greatly needed project will have life-changing impact for thousands of people in Lebanon.”
WRF's one-year Project is focused on addressing the needs of persons with disabilities by filling the gaps that exist in the provision of basic rehabilitation services. The Project, implemented in partnership with native Lebanese entities, will provide assistance to a total of 1,778 direct beneficiaries and approximately 850 indirect beneficiaries through three main objectives: 1- To provide prosthetic and orthotic devices, prescription eyeglasses, and hearing aids; and related services. 2- To build the capacities of Lebanese civil society organizations to expand their services, and support WRF in providing Community Based Rehabilitation services to persons with disabilities. 3- To increase understanding of the protection rights and needs of persons with disabilities among stakeholders and the general public through awareness and advocacy initiatives.
WRF has been working in Lebanon for over 30 years, where it is the major international non-governmental organization working in the field of disability. Over the years, WRF Lebanon has transformed the lives of many thousands of persons with disabilities, implementing a wide range of rehabilitation programs to meet expanding needs, including the needs of landmine survivors and victims of war. Programs addressed all areas of needs and all age groups. They allowed for the provision of emergency assistance, capacity building, institutional and organizational development, research, advocacy, and the creation of economic opportunities that are essential for rehabilitation and socio-economic integration. Many of WRF’s activities in Lebanon were developed with the support of USAID and The Leahy War Victims Fund.
Disability, Humanitarian Aid, Protection, Disability Inclusion, Disability Mainstreaming, Gender
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