The Finnish government has allocated €4.3 million (roughly $5.2 million) to support the well-being of children in Lebanon.
The donation will go to UNICEF’s “No Lost Generation” program, a humanitarian initiative that focuses on supporting children and youth affected by crises.
The Finnish government said the funding comes to affirm its “commitment to the most vulnerable children living in Lebanon.”
On its part, UNICEF said in a statement on Thursday that the contribution will help improve the well-being of children and youth in the crisis-hit country.
The funds will be used to increase learning opportunities through non-formal education and skills development, reduce risks of violence and abuse, and ease economic pressures through the provision of cash assistance, the organization said.
In doing so, “the program will contribute to combating child labor and marriage.”
The economic crisis that Lebanon is going through, coupled with the ongoing pandemic, has had a devastating impact on the living conditions and the futures of children across Lebanon, many of whom have been deprived of proper education.
Programs like No Lost Generation ensure that the most vulnerable children and youth participate in educational activities and receive the financial, emotional, and social support they need.