No country in the world is hosting more refugees per capita than Lebanon. A country of 4.4 million people is hosting more than one million Syrian refugees. Tensions are high. The cost of living has skyrocketed. The country has been stretched beyond its capacity to cope with so many vulnerable families.
More than 361,000 refugees have sought shelter in Lebanon’s Bekaa Valley, many of them living in tent settlements on rented farmland. With the crisis in its sixth year, the level of funding available to support Syrian refugees is shrinking. These families need safe and warm places to live, they need health care, education, safe drinking water, sanitation, and food. Most of them are simply trying to survive until there is peace and they can return home.
Qlik has teamed up with MedAir to help with refugee assistance to thousands of refugees in the Middle East. In addition to providing our software to MedAir to help with their operations, we are actively supporting the organization with charitable contributions.
In two weeks, I will be travelling to Lebanon with my colleagues at Qlik to support the consistent work that MedAir and Qlik have been doing for the refugees. We will be visiting families who have been affected, have meetings with MedAir to see how they can use analytics to further help the refugees and importantly, this trip is also to raise more funds needed to continue helping those in need.
Please note that the sum I raise goes entirely to MedAir for their work with the refugees in Lebanon which includes providing:
Safe Places to Live – Medair provides families with new-arrival shelter kits, repair kits for existing shelters, and specialized shelter interventions for the elderly and disabled. We also work to improve the living conditions where refugees are renting rooms in substandard or unfinished buildings.
Health Care – Medair provides life-saving health and nutrition services to vulnerable women and children, and improves access to services for gender-based violence. We support and strengthen health clinics and the overall health system, and deliver community health promotion within the refugee settlements, including community midwives caring for pregnant women, new mothers, and their babies.
Mapping – In Lebanon, Medair identifies and maps all of the informal settlements located in Bekaa Valley, and is the lead agency for mapping the rest of the country. This mapping is utilised by the humanitarian community as an essential coordination tool so that everyone knows about areas of unmet urgent needs.
Water, Sanitation, & Hygiene – Medair provides safe drinking water and latrines as well as improving drainage and sanitation in the informal settlements, which means healthier places for families to live.
Please let me have your support and donations to raise as much money as possible for this initiative. No amount is too little or too big and every bit counts.
If the plight of these refugees have been on your mind for some time, and you've not known how to help, this is the time.Thank you for your support.