Basic Info

Funding amount: US$ 999,990

Donor: United Nations Central Emergency

Response Fund (UN CERF)

Duration: 2020-2021 Location: Beirut, Lebanon
Status: Closed

Number of beneficiaries: 816 households |

3,201 individuals

The project aims to target vulnerable households that include migrants and refugees, as well as women, children, and youth who were affected by the explosion residing in the Rmeil and Medawar cadasters through cash for rent. The project aims to target families who needed relocation as well as vulnerable families who stayed and were experiencing socio-economic shocks and increasing vulnerability in covering rent and shelter expenses.

UN OCHA colleague reviews the homes selected for the initial eligibility assessment

Through this project, UN-Habitat aims to support at least 800 vulnerable households affected by the Beirut Port explosion with cash assistance for a period of four months in aims to help these families secure their rent, enhance tenure security, and avoid evictions. These same households are also to be provided with awareness-raising sessions on sexual and gender-based violence, protection against sexual exploitation and abuse and COVID-19 preventative measures.

"“The financial support that we received helped us a
lot as we do not have any income, it helped us buy
an adequate supply of medications… without it, a
shortage of medicine will be a big catastrophe for
my condition”"

The success of this project depends on the coordinated efforts from the Polish Centre for International Aid (PCPM), the Municipality of Beirut, and the Lebanese Women Democratic Gathering (RDFL). Among the key partners, the Municipality of Beirut is providing information on targeted beneficiaries and buildings affected by the Beirut Port explosion. The Polish Centre for International Aid (PCPM) facilitates cash for rent assistance to identified beneficiaries, along with the COVID-19 awareness campaign. The Lebanese Women Democratic Gathering (RDFL) facilitates the awareness campaign on sexual and gender-based violence and the protection from sexual exploitation and abuse campaign.

Ensuring shelter options to the most vulnerable families affected by the Beirut Port explosion
Human Rights
Through a people-centered approach to the distribution of cash assistance, the project prioritizes human security and safety supporting the most vulnerable families who were affected by the Beirut Port explosion. The project secured the tenure of 816 vulnerable families by providing them with timely, needs-based emergency cash transfers to mitigate any sudden protection-related threats. The same 816 families given cash assistance, were also provided with vital awareness on COVID-19 prevention measures and SGBV and PSEA campaigns.
Gender equality
The project aims to contribute to mitigate protection risks to individuals and communities especially girls and women, by prioritizing female-headed households or households with women and children at risk. Furthermore, the project also included SGBV awareness sessions and PSEA campagins, which aimed to enhance effective prevention, risk mitigation and response.  The Beirut Blast disproportionately affected women and girls through emotional, psychological, economic and financial stresses, putting thousands of girls and women at a greater risk of GBV. This comes at a time of pre-existing crisis in Lebanon, already placed vulnerable populations, including women and girls, at added risk. Through this funding, specific focus was placed on women and girls, whereby the highest scoring for cash assistance eligibility was granted to female- headed households or households who have girls and women at risk. Approximately, 63 percent of the 3,201 people targeted by this project were female.
Children, youth and the elderly
The project targeted the most vulnerable families including migrants and refugees, as well women and children, persons with disabilities, elderly, and youth who were severely impacted by the Beirut Port explosion and were residing in Medawar and Rmeil cadasters. The project targeted these vulnerable families who needed desperate relocations as well as other vulnerable families who decided to stay but were experiencing socio-economic shocks and increasing vulnerability to cover rent costs or shelter expenses.
UN-Habitat and its partners largely focused on persons living with disabilities to provide them with life-saving assistance in response to the emerging needs caused by the blast. The vulnerability scoring exercise that led to the selection of cash assistance beneficiaries highly considered the persons living with disabilities as they are less likely to have access secured tenancy. For instance, 92 persons living with disabilities equally divided between women and men, were provided with cash assistance.

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