UK Care for Children was established in 2008 in response to conflict in Lebanon that exacerbated the existing needs of its people. It has since expanded its mission to respond to the ongoing humanitarian needs of Palestinians and those in need throughout the Middle East, with particular focus on Lebanon and Jordan. Our programmes are designed to serve refugee children and their families in the fields of Children’s Welfare, Development Aid, Refugee Relief and Seasonal Humanitarian Aid.
62 Refugee Camps
Approximately 62 refugee camps were set up across Palestine, Lebanon, Jordan and Syria. There are also unofficial ‘gatherings’ or camps that house refugees.
450,000 Palestinian Refugees
Over 450,000 Palestinian refugees are registered with UNRWA in Lebanon and are denied basic civil, social, political and economic rights.
750,000 – 900,000
In 1948, between 750,000 and 900,000 Palestinian men, women and children were driven out of their homes to the West Bank and Gaza Strip, neighbouring Arab countries, and other parts of the world.
Two Million Palestinian Refugees
There are over two million Palestinian refugees in Jordan and their situation is marked by poverty, dispossession and limited opportunities.
5 Million Refugees
The United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) was created in 1949 to respond to the needs of the Palestinian refugees. Today UNRWA still provides education, healthcare and social services to over 5 million refugees.
Our mission is to create pathways of opportunity for children to overcome the obstacles they face. To do so, we focus on:
Working in partnership with local organisations to alleviate poverty
Building the capacity and skillsets of local people to create stronger communities
Providing humanitarian relief to victims of conflict
Improving the quality of life in deprived communities through our education, health and social development projects
Ensuring a secure life for orphaned and disadvantaged children
We focus on the following projects in our areas of operation:
HOW WE WORK
The conflict in Syria and the ongoing displacement of Palestinians has resulted in an unprecedented refugee crisis across the Middle East. We work to ensure that aid reaches families affected by the crisis by using local knowledge that is sensitive to the needs on the ground.
By working with experts in the field, we ensure a high quality of work to improve the lives of disadvantaged children and families, primarily in Jordan and Lebanon. Our aid is multidimensional, sustainable and beneficial for the entire community.
Lebanon has more refugees per capita than any other country in the world.
Since 2011, Lebanon has taken in 1.5 million Syrian refugees.
UNRWA is the official UN body mandated to provide the basic services to the Palestinian refugees in Lebanon’s camps.
Refugees in Lebanon are denied political, economic and social rights.
Most of the 2 million Palestinian refugees in Jordan have full citizenship, but a large percentage live below the poverty line and lack access to education and health care.
UNRWA provides basic services to the 370,000 Palestinian refugees in Jordan.
Since 2011, Jordan has taken in 1.4 million Syrian refugees.
13% of Jordan’s population lives below the poverty line.