The economic crisis in Lebanon is one of the world’s worst in the last 150 years. Before the crisis gives way to war, HUMANITE is working to help. 

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Lebanon’s growing humanitarian and political crisis has created a tinder box. As people struggle to access food, electricity, and jobs, HUMANITE and our donors are responding, before it’s too late. 

Crisis Briefing

In 2022, Lebanon faces a devastating crisis, mirroring the ongoing struggles of our time. This multifaceted emergency, fueled by sectarianism, corruption, and external shocks, has left the country reeling. As we examine the profound challenges confronting Lebanon, it becomes evident that swift and impactful action is essential.

As the economic crisis has evolved, what is the current state of affairs?

The economic crisis in Lebanon has been worsening, leading to urgent humanitarian needs. The crisis, growing since 2019, has resulted in political instability, lack of key leadership, and severe impoverishment of the population. Basic services like education, healthcare, and electricity are in a dire state. Lebanon's GDP has plummeted by about 40 percent, the Lebanese pound has depreciated by nearly 90 percent, and inflation has surged.

Have these changes increased the risk of widespread violence?

The absence of political and economic change in Lebanon, even in the face of the worsening crisis, is indeed concerning. The complex political landscape, still dominated by leaders and warlords from the civil war era, makes real change hard. Understandably, the fear of instability and violence prevent people from pushing too hard for radical change, as memories of the last war loom large. Your donations help HUMANITE work at the center of these complexities with services, education, and support to stave off the violence and build into the peace our Lebanese neighbors here want and deserve.

How can donors best support the people of Lebanon survive this crisis and stave off any kind of return to war?

HUMANITE is working to support initiatives across Lebanon that focus on medical and economic support, education, and food security. Your monthly membership or one-time support will help HUMANITE work for the good of all members of our community here, including Palestinian and Syrian refugees, and encourage collaboration across religious and sectarian lines. War is not inevitable.

Our Response

How to Help

When you give, you accelerate HUMANITE's local efforts and holistic approach to peace. Here’s a look at our work in Lebanon:


Rapid delivery of food, medicine, and other vital essentials to help Lebanon's communities survive violence and displacement.

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Economic Support

Economic support to help Lebanese citizens sustain and rebuild amidst crisis.

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Outreach, education, cooperation, and media to bridge divides and promote peace within Lebanon, before it’s too late.

Mental Health

Helping children manage their post-traumatic stress with emotional support, skills development, and education.

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In 2003, the U.S. invaded Iraq. Within a few years, terrorism and war defined the Middle East.

Our founders were raised and came of age in the troubles of war—Iraq, Iran, Lebanon, Syria. When two moved from America to help, the group formed, learning to love their neighbors on the frontlines of the world’s most notorious wars.

Today, 20 years after they first began, HUMANITE carries on that legacy, closing the gaps that lead to violence and building the more beautiful world our hearts know is possible.
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Needs & Numbers

The crisis in Lebanon is compounding tensions across the country by the day. But you’ve repeatedly shown that our collective love still matters. The following are some of the challenges we’re working to overcome here each day:

people live in poverty


currency’s loss in value


increase in food prices


collapse of public sector


In other words...

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"In the darkest period of our country, you were here to support and give us hope to move forward. We will always be grateful."

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Colette H.

Lawyer | Explosion Survivor| Lebanon, 2022

Do you realize the difference you can make?

Yes! I want to work for peace!
I want to humanize everyone;
Alleviate suffering for refugees;
And build our future!

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