Qatar Red Crescent Society (QRCS), in partnership with International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) and the Lebanese Red Cross, has completed Phase 1 of the thermal insulation of Syrian refugee tents in Lebanon, for the benefit of 2,726 Syrian refugees and the host local community.
The purpose of the project is to ensure better living conditions at Syrian refugee camps, protect the inhabitants against the health risks resulting from the cold weather, preserve privacy at the adjacent family tents, and reduce the cost of heating oil consumption, QRCS said in statement Wednesday.
Overall, the project benefited 618 Syrian families, in addition to 24 families of the local labourers hired to do the work
Under the project, QRCS shared its expertise in this regard with the Lebanese Red Cross, whose volunteers acquired new skills that could be utilised in future similar operations. This is part of QRCSs capacity-building strategy for fellow National Societies.
Over the past three months, QRCSs mission in Lebanon, the Lebanese Red Cross, and ICRC worked together to install thermal insulation sheets inside 645 tents at Syrian refugee camps in Arsal (Baalbek) and Khirbet Daoud (Akkar). Overall, the project benefited 618 Syrian families, in addition to 24 families of the local labourers hired to do the work.
The thermal insulation project is one of a bunch of winter response and preparedness projects in Lebanon. In Arsal, around 60,000 Syrian refugees live at informal, prone camps.
The project was highly welcomed by the beneficiaries, as it met a crucial need during the winter. Generally, the target camps are located in areas of below-freezing temperature and snowstorms, with a special focus on the families with seriously ill patients and severe disabilities.