SHEILD's mission in Lebanon reached a high level of recognition by the local community and civil entities as well as official entities. SHEILD now is considered a main pillar in community coordination in the south of Lebanon and in assisting the most vulnerable community groups throughout more than three years and a half of community-based interventions through a participatory, anti-political and anti-religious approach. Responding to the needs, the wide and systemized coordination mechanism established, in addition to supporting official and governmental entities are the main reasons for the high level of credibility that SHEILD has among the population and community stakeholders.
SHEILD throughout the previous years of presence in southern Lebanon has managed to play an important coordination and interaction role with almost all community stakeholders, which enabled SHEILD to enter deeply into the society and unite the efforts of different entities for the best interest of the population. The challenge here is to keep playing such role even with limited funds and resources through dynamic and constant movement in the community and on the field.
As a local NGO from the south of Lebanon, SHEILD has witnessed firsthand how the influx of refugees has impacted the local community and the burden it has placed on infrastructure, livelihoods and social cohesion. To reduce tensions and ensure that Lebanese host communities are receptive and willing to absorb the influx of refugees, SHEILD continues to contribute to post-conflict community needs such as WASH infrastructure, medical services and livelihood support
On a daily basis, a large number of Syrian refugees visit SHEILD’s office in the south of Lebanon asking for critical support in the likes of food relief, shelter, medical and psychosocial support. Through essential donor funding and UN partnerships, SHEILD has been able to provide support to thousands of refugees in need
Due to the complex Lebanese environment, SHEILD has had to reevaluate its cooperation with ministries and local stakeholders in order to carry out essential emergency relief for Syrian refugees that does not negatively impact the local host community. Through these strategies, SHEILD has been able to fill the gap of resources and service delivery that previously weren’t being met by municipalities and host communities, demonstrating to these parties the benefit of collaborating with humanitarian agencies