© Hiba Madi
© Hiba Madi

When a blanket feels like a miracle

“We decided to leave everything behind and flee when fighting were getting too intense.” – Rawaa, Syrian refugee.
 
 

From Lebanon

 

Bekaa Valley, Lebanon: Rawaa is one of the 1.2 million displaced Syrian who crossed into Lebanon to seek safety with her family. Through funding made available by the European Commission Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection (ECHO), the Danish Refugee Council (DRC) ensured that the newly arrived family received a once-off newcomer's package, aimed at assisting them during their first month in Lebanon.

"We arrived in the Bekaa valley without anything. It was a miracle to receive blankets, mattresses, a hygiene kit and a kitchen set!" Rawaa said.

Like many displaced Syrians, the family expected the crisis to be resolved in a few months. As they start their second year in Lebanon, finding an adequate shelter remains a challenge. In collaboration with the municipality, DRC selected and rehabilitated the apartment of a Lebanese landlord in exchange for a 12-month rent free stay for Rawaa's family.

"I finally found a place where I can protect my family from the snow and harsh winter winds", Rawaa said with a smile on her face.

Since November 2014, DRC was able to rehabilitate 44 individual houses (small shelter units) in Central Bekaa and provide shelter to more than 150 Syrian displaced families through funding made available by the European Commission Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection (ECHO).