Bringing joy to the needy and the forgotten
This year’s UN Day was commemorated by a series of humanitarian activities which began with a humble initiative and ended with an unforgettable outcome.
Since the beginning of the Syrian crisis, the rising influx of Syrian refugees has been increasing dramatically in Lebanon, most of which are living below poverty line and in indecent living locations. And as the winter approaches, families and especially young children will be facing unbearable weather conditions in these desolate areas with little to eat and nothing to keep warm.
- “Knowing that the effort I did could put a smile on the face of the refugees brought warmth to my heart”, says May Noureddine Civil Society Officer with the UNDP “LEAP” Project, who was assisting in the packing of clothes
Financial donations by all UN staff were collected to purchase food items such as rice, sugar, beans, oil and others in addition to in-kind donations such as clothes, blankets and toys which were all categorized in boxes and distributed to different areas in Lebanon.
The UN agencies participating in this event included: UNDP, UNV, UNFPA, UNODC, OHCHR, RCO, UNSCOL, ESCWA, UNIDO, UNIC, WFP, UNICEF, UNHCR, WHO, ILO, UNRWA, UNESCO, FAO and UNIFIL in cooperation with Amel Association, PARD, and Women Charity Association in North Lebanon.
“Knowing that the effort I did could put a smile on the face of the refugees brought warmth to my heart”, says May Noureddine Civil Society Officer with the UNDP “LEAP” Project, who was assisting in the packing of clothes.
The areas covered were, the Bekaa (Food: 207 boxes distributed by Amel Association), West Bekaa (Food: 138 boxes distributed by Amel Association), South Lebanon (Food: 228 boxes distributed by Amel Association), Beirut Suburbs (Food: 231 boxes distributed by Amel Association) and Ain El-Helweh Camp Adjacent Area (In-kind: 43 boxes, Food: 120 boxes distributed by PARD) and in North Lebanon (In-kind: 70 boxes distributed by the Women Charity Association).
“Imagine how hopeless you would feel if you lost your home, your sense of security, your family, your job, food and all other means. This is why we as UN staff felt that we need to do something to support the on-going efforts of elevating the suffering of the people effected by the Syrian Crisis specifically, the Syrian Refugees, Palestinian Refugees coming from Syrian and the Lebanese Hosting Communities”, says Mirna Sabbagh coordination specialist at the UN Resident Coordinator Office.