Winter Emergency Appeal

I'm not a blanket. I'm a lifeline.

In winter, being a refugee or a homeless person can be deadly - the colder it gets, the worse it gets.

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Winter Emergency Appeal

This winter, 68.5 million people have been forced from their homes. 40 million have been internally displaced. 25.4 million people are refugees. In the UK too, the number of rough sleepers has risen - for the seventh year running.

For the hungry and cold, a bag of flour is not a bag of flour. A woolly hat is not a woolly hat. A blanket is not a blanket. They are so much more. They are sustenance. Warmth. A prayer answered. A lifeline.

Human Appeal has been a lifeline, providing winter emergency relief to people in need across the globe for over 27 years.

Last year alone, our Winter Appeal helped over 50,000 people in 8 countries.

Together we can save even more lives this winter.

£250 will provide lifesaving medical aid, including the treatment of winter illnesses, for 300 people at our Al Imaan Hospital in Syria this winter.

£165 will provide a winter survival kit, giving a family in Lebanon enough nutritious food to last one whole month, blankets and warm clothing.

£100 will provide blankets, kerosene heating and warm winter wear for a family in Syria, Palestine, Yemen, Pakistan and Iraq, to bear the winter.

£65 will provide a family of five in Syria, Palestine, Yemen, Pakistan and Iraq with enough nutritious food to keep them nourished for one whole month.

£30 will provide a vulnerable person living in poverty in the UK with a roof over their head, a hot meal, and a warm shower, as well as access to a support worker through our Bed Every Night Appeal

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Last winter you helped over 50,000 people

Last year, we provided winter emergency relief to 390 families to alleviate winter in Yemen , while 300 refugee families in Jordan were also helped by our winter fund. In Bangladesh, 1,000 Rohingya refugees were given a lifeline, as were 357 orphan families and another 1,295 individuals in Pakistan. In Lebanon, 400 refugees were given winter packs and 1,625 families were provided with heating oil. 503 children were provided with warm clothing to endure winter in Palestine, while, 14, 748 people were given winter emergency charity to help them endure winter in Syria. Here in the UK too, our many projects included collecting 24,124 winter coats for people in need.

Help provide a lifeline to thousands of people in need this winter


I’m not a victim. I’m Rayan.

I just want to say thank you to the people who made this possible.

We were at home in Aleppo, playing hide and seek when my brother saw a bomber plane. He told my sister and me to get down, but we didn’t because we’d just had a shower and didn’t want to get dirty. My brother got down, so he only lost his finger – he was so lucky.

I lost my arm and my leg was severely injured. My sister and I were also badly burnt in the bombing. My father took us to the hospital immediately and my brother went straight into surgery. I was taken to hospital in Turkey, but my sister passed away – it was too late to save her.

I’m heartbroken, I’ve lost my sister, my best friend. I thank Allah everyday for giving me a new life. Human Appeal and Green Lane Mosque from the United Kingdom met me and my family at the hospital and took care of all my treatment. They were so kind to me and my family.

A prosthetic arm was made for me and the doctors and nurses helped to strengthen my weak muscles for three hours every morning and every afternoon. I worked very hard. When the doctors finally told me that I was ready to have my arm fitted, I was so excited.

I can’t wait to start school and walk with my mother. I just want to thank the doctors and the prosthesis, and I want to thank the people who made this possible.

Thank you for being a lifeline

2017 was a deadly year for the children of Syria. 910 little ones were killed and 361 were injured, including little Rayan. Just like all of Syria’s children, Rayan is not a victim. She is filled with strength, bravery and hope for the future, despite all she has endured. Thank you for being a lifeline for children like Rayan.

This winter let’s be a lifeline. When all is said and done, you are not a donor and we are not a charity. Together, we are lifesavers.

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