Winter Emergency Appeal

Young boys keeping warm near the fire

79.5 million people need help this winter. Help them survive this winter by donating a winter family emergency kit. Winter kills. Donate now

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Winter Emergency Appeal

79.5 million people need help this winter

“Give charity without delay, for it stands in the way of calamity.” (Al-Tirmidhi)

Our Winter Emergency Fund provides essential winter support to those who need it most, wherever they may be. Donate to this fund if you care less about where your donation ends up, and more about making sure the most vulnerable people survive winter.

£100 Winter Emergency Kit will provide a displaced family with the essentials they need to survive this winter, such as warm blankets, clothes, heating and fuel.

£240 Winter Family Emergency Kit will provide an emergency winter kit, containing warm clothes, blankets, and mattresses, to help a Yemeni family survive the bitter months.

Winter kills – help us save lives

In the last two months, vulnerable families have battled against winter, facing floods in Syria, snow in Lebanon, fires in Rohingya refugee camps, hunger and cholera in Yemen, as well as the ongoing battle with COVID-19.

Freezing temperatures. Heavy rain. Howling winds. Without your help, displaced families could lose their lives this winter. After enduring conflict, disaster, persecution and the threat of COVID-19, millions of displaced families must now endure an unbearable season with no place to call home.

In winter, a perfect storm of inadequate shelter and a lack of warm clothing and nutritious food can make the bitter season deadly for refugees and displaced families. With no means of protecting themselves from the cold and no access to nutritious food, fighting illness becomes impossible. Common colds, flu and COVID-19 can be deadly. Pregnant women, small children, older people, and disabled people are especially vulnerable. Without your help, we simply can’t protect the most at-risk this winter.

Our COVID-safe winter distribution

This winter, we have worked hard to implement stringent COVID-19 measures, ensuring all distributions are carried out in a COVID-safe way. This includes phased collections and social distancing, the wearing of face coverings, hand sanitizers, and a dedicated team member overseeing safety at every collection point.

Winter kills.

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Help us save lives

This winter, Human Appeal is working in nine countries to protect the most vulnerable from snow, rains, flooding, freezing temperatures, and unbearable winds. Your donations will help us to provide winter kits where they’re most needed, tailored to the needs of each community, helping them to survive the bitter months.

Each winter kit contains essential items that are urgently needed in the local area, such as warm clothing, thermal bedding, fuel for heating, shelter repair kits, and nutritious food to last one whole month.

Thank you for supporting people in desperate need. Thanks to your support, Human Appeal has been delivering emergency winter aid in the world’s most vulnerable communities for 30 years. Last year alone we supported 116,500 people across 7 countries thanks to you.

Vulnerable families need our help this winter more than ever. Your donation can be the difference between life and death.

Winter kills. So please act now. Donate generously today.

Your donation can save lives this winter

Suzanne and her family

Suzanne faces a harsh winter in Lebanon

After losing her husband in a tragic accident last year, life is going from bad to worse for Suzanne and her six orphaned children. Without our help, her family will be out on the streets by winter.

“My name is Suzanne. I’m 30 years old and lived in Syria with my husband and kids. We had our own home. My kids would regularly attend school. Our lives were normal. We lived in safety, but then the war broke out.

There was bombing, and we didn’t know who was attacking us. The noises would frighten the children. We hid under the stairs or any place we could find. Leaving our village was hard. We would walk along a road full of landmines. We never knew when something might blow up. We would move at night from tree to tree and found safety here at the Syrian Refugee Camp at Beqaa Valley, Lebanon.

Out in the cold this winter

My son, Ali, has become responsible. He’s caring and protective towards his siblings. He sells water on Marj Road. He often gets into fights there with other kids who are also selling. What they earn isn’t enough. It’s barely enough for bread each day – just bread and nothing else.

I go out to work. I clean and wash rugs to pay rent on the tent. If two days pass and I haven’t paid, we must leave. I have a broken water pump. I tried to fix it myself and got electrocuted. I wanted to let go but I couldn’t. People gathered to get the wires off me.

We bought a new water pump, but it’s broken again, and we’re living without water. Every year I say to myself, “maybe this year will be better,” but then I find that it gets harder - harder than the year before.

Circumstances are getting worse for me, especially now I’m alone with a big family. They all have needs, but what can I do? Me and my family will be out on the street this winter.”

Those who spend their wealth [in Allah’s way] by night and by day, secretly and publicly - they will have their reward with their Lord. And no fear will there be concerning them, nor will they grieve. (Quran 2:274)

Winter kills

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