Middle East Revive and Thrive
Helping People Survive and Thrive
MERATH partners with local churches and organizations to support vulnerable families in Lebanon, Syria, and Iraq, with basic needs, education and child protection, livelihoods and recovery projects.
Displaced and Vulnerable
Nine years into the Syrian crisis, there are still 6.2 million internally displaced people in Syria and 5.7 million Syrian refugees worldwide, and the few who have returned to their places of origin usually remain very vulnerable. In Lebanon, most refugees are still hesitant to go back, and 2019 saw a 5% increase in both general poverty and debt levels, with 73% of refugee households living below the poverty line and nearly 93% of households in debt. The unprecedented economic crisis in Lebanon and Syria is also generating increasing vulnerability of everyone living in Lebanon – community members, foreign workers, refugees alike. In this context, the assistance our faith-based partners provide remains ever-more needed and life transforming in many cases.
It is through caring for the whole person that we best incarnate the ministry of Christ, who both fed the hungry and offered His body as the bread of life. It is in the context of relationship and community that MERATH’s church partners are able to be authentic witnesses to our vulnerable neighbors, unconditionally serving each according to their needs, helping them get back onto their feet again, and restoring each individual’s dignity.
With its local partners, MERATH seeks to meet thousands of vulnerable households’ most basic needs, by distributing vital food assistance, much-needed winter items to help them keep warm, essential products for families, especially those with young children, and by supporting health services. Furthermore, MERATH provides high-quality non-formal education and psychosocial support in safe and protective environments to vulnerable unschooled children, through learning centers in Lebanon and child friendly spaces in Syria. Through more and more income-generating and recovery projects, local partners also help families and communities move toward a sustainable future.
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A Connection that Empowers and Transforms
“The harvest I’m reaping now is the reward of eight years of cultivation and nurturing.” This is the statement of a dedicated educator who went the extra mile believing in the transformative power of grace and compassion.
Surely He is With Us Always
God knows it has gotten dark in Syria and Lebanon recently. And only God knows if it will still get darker, to what degree, and for how long. But one thing is sure: it will never get as dark as the day God’s only begotten Son died on the cross on our behalf.
Meet Sahar: Showing the Hand of God
My name is Sahar. I am the program coordinator and case manager of a project that supports and empowers women at my church here in Syria. As a project that advocates against gender-based violence, our main goal is to raise awareness among women concerning their rights and the several types of gender-based violence, as well as reintegrating the women suffering from gender-based violence into the social tapestry by providing psychological support.
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Middle East Revive & Thrive
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