After five years of war, thousands of Syria’s children have gone through another bitter winter without shelter.
Four-year-old Noor, her brother Mohammed, 6, and their family fled their home in Syria three years ago, with only the clothes they were wearing.
They now live in the Domiz refugee camp in Iraq, where they’ve received snug winter blankets and other supplies from Unicef.
What can a blanket do?
A thermal blanket can provide vital warmth for children like Noor and Mohammed. Without blankets and winter clothes, the children used to become sick and were unable to go to school. They now attend lessons at a Unicef-supported school in the camp.
This winter, we’ve been providing clothes and essential supplies for over 2.5 million children in Syria and Iraq as well as those who’ve taken refuge in Turkey, Lebanon, Jordan and Egypt. Our priority is to reach the most vulnerable children, including the youngest, poorest and those living in besieged or hard-to-reach areas.
You can help us reach more children. A donation of £52 could provide sturdy boots for six children, so that they are able to play safely.
A blanket is just the beginning
Schools, hospitals, and electricity, water and sanitation systems have been destroyed during the conflict, meaning that millions of people in Syria and the surrounding countries have little or no access to basic services. Just switching on a light, seeing a doctor, or even just having a drink of water can be impossible.
Unicef is one of the only children’s organisations working inside Syria as well as across the region, and we’ve reached more children with winter supplies than anyone else.
Last winter, we delivered our largest ever winter response
Blankets and warm clothes may be the most immediate need, but they’re just the beginning. Last year we reached more children than ever with water purification kits, school supplies and essential nutrition supplies.
Source: Unicef Supply Annual Report 2015
Reaching children with vital supplies
children received a winter clothing kit from Unicef last winter
How will my donation help children?
This winter, in addition to providing 924,000 winter clothing kits, we’ve also been heating schools, supplying children with school uniforms, running mobile health facilities and delivering vaccines, and providing families with cash assistance so that they can buy most needed supplies for their families.