Winter Emergency Appeal

Syrian girl in the cold

It’s the deepest, coldest part of winter. Over 80 million people are out in the cold. Snow, freezing temperatures, and floods continue. It’s not too late to help a family to survive winter by providing heating, warm clothes, mattresses, blankets and waterproof sheeting across 10 countries. Winter kills.

There’s still time to save a life this winter

“No Muslim clothes a Muslim with a garment, except that he is under the protection of Allah as long as a shred from it remains upon him.” (Tirmidhi)

After a year of disease, conflict and displacement, winter is one hardship too far for the most vulnerable families. When you’ve fled your home, with nothing but a tent to protect you, winter is not just unbearable, it can be unsurvivable.

£30 will provide two thick children’s blankets in Yemen, weighing 4 kilograms each.

£50 will provide fuel to a family in Gaza, helping them to stay warm through winter.

£70 will provide a vulnerable family in Lebanon with life-saving food and fuel to help keep them warm and nourished this winter.

£75 will provide a family-of-seven in Afghanistan with a winter emergency kit containing shoes, socks, coats, and shawls for the whole family, and gloves for the children.

£100 will provide a Syrian family with fuel and heating to keep them warm through winter.

As winter deepens through the most vulnerable communities, families are struggling to survive. Displaced families in Lebanon and Syrian have been inundated with snowstorms – which have killed at least one child.

In Gaza, floods caused schools to shut and refugee families homes are filled with flood water, and in Lebanon, bitter temperatures are all but impossible to endure.

As winter deepens through the most vulnerable communities, families are struggling to survive.

Displaced families in Lebanon and Syrian have been inundated with snowstorms – which have killed at least one child.

In Gaza, floods caused schools to shut and refugee families homes are filled with flood water, and in Lebanon, bitter temperatures are all but impossible to endure.

We urgently need your help to provide critical winter supplies – blankets, mattresses, clothes, heating and fuel – to those who need it most.

Winter has arrived. Each night, families face bitter winds, freezing temperatures, flooding, and even snowstorms, often with little more than a tent or tin roof to protect them.

Your help is needed now to save lives this winter.

Right now, we’re working across 10 countries to help 90,000 people to stay warm. Help us to leave no-one behind.

Our work so far

So far, your donations have helped to spread the warmth this winter.

In Halabja, Iraq, we’ve provided thick winter blankets, kerosene stoves, and hand sanitizer to 100 families, helping 500 people to stay warm and protected from COVID-19.

In Syria, we’ve distributed heaters and coal to 1,546 families, as well as blankets, mattresses and plastic sheeting to 641 families, keeping 7,730 people warm.

In partnership with our France office, we also provided 1,130 families with coal and heaters.

Working in Kahda’s displacement camps in Somalia, your donations so far have helped 343 families this winter, receiving two mosquito nets, two sleeping mats, and two blankets, as well as soap and detergent.

In Chitra Topi, Pakistan-administered Kashmir, we’ve been supporting families affected by snowstorms, providing two thick winter blankets to 620 families, as well as a nutritious food parcel to last a whole month.

In Gaza, we’ve provided winter vouchers to 500 families enduring a bitter winter. Each voucher can provide four pairs of shoes, four jumpers, and four winter trousers. They also received a refillable gas heater with enough fuel to provide two months of warmth.

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.

It’s not too late to donate to help families this winter. More rain is forecast in Gaza and families in Syria and Lebanon are struggling with heavy snowfall and extreme temperatures.

Please give, and help us to spread warmth this winter.

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Thank you for remembering them

You supported over 70,000 people last winter.

For 30 years, thanks to your support, we have been there for human beings in desperate need during the winter months. Last winter alone, as biting winds, snowstorms, and sub-zero temperatures battered camps and flimsy shelters, you provided 40,998 people across nine countries with emergency aid, including nourishing food, warm winter clothing, shelter reinforcements and heating, while supporting our long-term winter solutions, including water, healthcare, permanent housing and farming and support for street children and orphans. In the UK too, you provided 29,033 people with warm winter coats, including homeless people, refugees, children living in poverty and people fleeing domestic violence.

Winter is devastating the most vulnerable communities.

Let's leave no one behind this winter

“My first thought was that I was dying”

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“No Muslim clothes a Muslim with a garment, except that he is under the protection of Allah as long as a shred from it remains upon him.”

Tirmidhi

Millions of lives are on the line right now, so please don’t turn away. Give your warmth. If everyone were to help someone this winter, no one would get left behind. Winter kills.

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