Who we are

Background

In June 2012, and with the flow of Syrian refugees into Lebanon, more than 100 humanitarian committees and organizations joined efforts under the umbrella of the Union of Relief and Development Associations (URDA) in order to coordinate charity work in Lebanon, especially the support of Syrian refugees fleeing the plight of war and destruction in their home country.
Relief committees have worked across different Lebanese areas starting from Akkar, Tripoli, Beqaa area reaching Beirut, Saida and Iqlim al-Kharroub. The work sought to execute different medical, educational, and livelihood related projects aimed at restoring happiness for the displaced. On 19/9/2013, the Union obtained an official license,the first of its kind, as a union for relief and charity associations in Lebanon under License 1685 issued by the Ministry of Interior in Lebanon.

Mission and Vision

URDA seeks to be an influential reference for humanitarian work in Lebanon and the leading umbrella for model organizations with sustainable capabilities working professionally to develop the society under international standards.

With the difficult economic situation in Lebanon imposing its shadow on the poor and the refugees, and with the continuous and escalated crisis in Syria since more than 6 years, and the lack of indicators for a genuine solution in the near future, the number of Syrians fleeing their homes and towns is still increasing whether within or outside Syria, amidst worsening conditions.

 

The length of the crisis, as well as the situation in Lebanon, has exacerbated its negative impact on the humanitarian conditions in Syria and neighboring countries, and expanded its effects beyond borders and to other continents. The suffering has even become worse because of the humanitarian crises witnessed by other countries in the region, which have resulted in an influx of refugees, thus increasing the burden on humanitarian institutions around the world.  

Since the very beginning of the crisis, Lebanon, which has witnessed a two and half decade war, was among the first countries to receive refugees who are currently estimated at around 25% of the population in Lebanon. This comes at a time when Lebanon suffers weakness in its different vital sectors including economy, health and education, as well as in its infrastructure as it barely could supply the needs of its citizens, let alone the needs of refugees. 

The harsh conditions faced by refugees in Lebanon, as well as by Lebanese citizens, amidst consecutive security, economic, social and political crises, put relief and aid institutions before serious entitlements that demand the combination of efforts of all official and civil institutions to seriously act in order to put an end to the deterioration of the living conditions of the refuge and host communities alike. To this end, the urgent needs of these communities should be fulfilled in addition to achieving economic and social development which would decrease dependence on aid and improve individuals’ ability to rely on their capacities to provide for a living. 


Objectives

General Objective
1. Establishment of relief and development projects that aim at serving the community in Lebanon.
2. Finding a stable living environment for the people in need in Lebanon.
3. Empowerment of needy people in Lebanon and turning them to form a positive contributor in the society.
4. Building the capacities of the civil society institutions in Lebanon.
5. Broadening the coordination between humanitarian institutions as well as working towards finding an integrated system for the charitable work in Lebanon.
6. Transferring the status of the refugees and the needy people in Lebanon to the Lebanese civil and official parties and to the international institutions plus helping those refugees and building bridges between them and the host society.
7. Defending human rights and human dignity and making the voice of the oppressed heard in accordance with the international laws.
8. Protecting women’s and children’s rights in Lebanon.
9. Maintaining the social values and heritage and spreading environmental awareness.
 
Strategic Objective
1. Working towards having the Union as the outstanding cover and the essential reference for the humanitarian work in Lebanon.
2. Working towards achieving a strategic partnership with many Arab and international organizations.
3. Achieving a high level of global proficiency in the charitable work in Lebanon according to international regulations and standards of the humanitarian work.
4. Establishment of civil society organizations that possess sustainable and high proficiency capacities, which helps in human care, in order to recover the society.
5. Having the Union and the members of the Union as the leading local party that gain the confidence of the international and local donors in regard to humanitarian projects in Lebanon.