The war in Syria has been going on since 2011. The renowned Syrian Centre for Human Rights estimates that more than 450,000 people lost their lives in the Syrian war until March 2017. According to UN figures, more than five million Syrians have fled the country. Most Syrian refugees have escaped to neighbouring countries, among whom an estimated 1.5 million to Lebanon. Beqaa, close to the border of Syria, is one of the poorest regions of Lebanon, yet many communities have granted refuge to a vast number of Syrians. But their hospitality also has a downside: The vast numbers of refugees overburden the local infrastructure.
The overall economic situation is worsening. Those Syrians, who do not have relatives or friends in Lebanon, face a dire humanitarian situation. They often work illegally and accept poor salaries simply in order to survive. Members of the host communities can no longer compete with the cheap labor provided by Syrians, a fact giving rise to hostility towards refugee communities, who are blamed for the increasing poverty in the region. Moreover, as Syrian communities receive humanitarian aid, Lebanese host communities openly display envy and dissatisfaction.
Against this background, forumZFD works in and with communities in Lebanon where a lot of refugees live, aiming at facilitating a conflict-sensitive management of the refugee crisis. forumZFD in cooperation with its partners works to establish structures for dialogue and introduces methods of non-violent conflict transformation to both host and refugee communities which are thereby empowered.
From 2014 until 2017 forumZFD implemented together with its two partners Basmeh & Zeitooneh and LOST the Future together Now! I project within the programme area community mobilising. In September 2017 the Future together Now! II project has started with the training of 16 community activists in cooperation with our five local partners March, RDFL, Ruwwad Al Tanmeya, Shift and WeLove.
As part of the project Future Together Now, forumZFD has partnered with the Lebanese Organization for Studies and Training to select and train community activists in various communities in Northern and Central Bekaa in Lebanon. The aim is to enable the community activists to successfully implement activities in their respective communities afterwards that benefit both Lebanese and Syrian communities. read more
The project “Future Together Now” responds to the potential for conflict caused by the refugee crisis in Lebanon. The project aims to improve the understanding for host communities and local authorities and facilitate a conflict-sensitive management of the refugee crisis. It helps establish structures for dialogue and introduces methods of non-violent conflict transformation to both host and refugee communities which are thereby empowered. read more