Mar Elias Refugee Camp, Lebanon

Around 662 registered refugees
1 school
1 health centre
Majority aged between 41-60
  • Located southwest of Beirut, it is the smallest camp in Lebanon.
  • Founded in 1952 by the Mar Elias Greek Orthodox convent to house refugees from Galilee.
  • Most of the men work as casual labourers or for small businesses, such as grocery stores or car mechanic workshops. Some women work in sewing factories or as cleaners.
  • High incidence of chronic disease, with many refugees suffering from hypertension, cancer and diabetes.
  • High unemployment.
  • High usage of social safety-net.
  • Infrastructure needs comprehensive rehabilitation.
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