Since the beginning of the Syrian conflict 3 years ago, nearly a million people have sought refuge in Lebanon.
In the Bekaa Valley, Syrian refugees live in informal tented settlements, placing extreme strain on basic services in already deprived communities.
The United Nations Development Programme is working to ease the pressure and support Lebanese host communities absorb the shock of the influx.
"Life has become a lot harder for the Lebanese communities as a consequence of the Syrian crisis," said Luca Renda, Country Director, UNDP Lebanon. "The dramatic surge in the population, which continues as we speak, is placing enormous stress on basic services such as education, health, water, sanitation, the management of waste. Competition for jobs is intensifying. So we have to ensure a balanced response."
UNDP is improving delivery of basic services, like health and education, boost employment opportunities and stimulate the local economy.
By the end of this year, as much as 25 percent of the total population in Lebanon will be refugees.
With no end to the crisis in sight, helping the Lebanese absorb the human shock is vital.