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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The Syrian crisis has dragged hundreds of thousands of children away from their homes and communities, forcing them to live in places where they face harsh living conditions, are deprived of educational opportunities, and do not feel welcomed. In this challenging context, our partner churches are answering their calling to welcome vulnerable children and their families and care for them, giving them a chance at a more hopeful future.
Wave after wave of violence has threatened to extinguish the light of Christ in Iraq as the country has been vacated of over two thirds of its Christian population since the early 2000s. And yet, at least one pastor and his congregation can be highlighted as having stood firm in the face of the temptation to flee and chosen to shine as bright lights in the impending darkness.
Last winter, intense storms, heavy rain, snowfall leading to floods, and freezing temperatures severely affected numerous families in Lebanon and Syria. Please pray with us that the coming winter will be more lenient, and help us prepare for the cold season by...
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