Syria Winter Appeal

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We were sitting around the heater inside the tent that night at 6pm It was snowing and the winds were very strong. Suddenly the tent fell down, we stood out in the snow for three hours until we found somewhere to stay, we were freezing.

Abu Mohammed, Syrian Refugee

As temperatures drop in Canada, and we start wondering when the first snowflakes will fall, millions around the world are terrified of what this winter will bring. From children sleeping in freezing caves in Afghanistan, to Syrian refugees shivering in tents, the changing weather means more than just digging out last winter’s coat – it’s a threat to survival.

Islamic Relief is working across the globe to provide vital support this winter to those who would otherwise go without. There are currently over 3 million Syrian refugees seeking shelter in neighbouring countries, often living in temporary accommodation including tents and make-shift shelters. With your support, we will be reaching out to families like these this winter, providing food, mattresses, clothes, blankets and other essential warming equipment.

Donations this year will be bringing happiness and hope to the lives of thousands who will be struggling to get by this winter. Happiness and hope come in all shapes and sizes, where the smallest thing can make the biggest difference.

0 Syrians helped
0 blankets distributed
0 mattresses provided
0 children’s clothing & boots
0 people helped by providing stoves
0 people helped with heaters

Thousands of Syrians in need, both inside Syria and in neighbouring Jordan and Lebanon, have been helped by Islamic Relief’s generous community. And, through the collaborative efforts of Islamic Relief offices around the world, more than 2 million Syrians affected by the conflict have received aid.

Islamic Relief donors are providing:

  • Food parcels: rice, sugar, bulgur, canned beans, lentils, za’atar, olive oil, cans of tuna, tahini sauce with molasses, flour, sweets.
  • Hygiene products: shampoo, soap, detergent, facial tissues, toothpaste
  • Items, such as diapers, bottles, and food, for babies
  • Mattresses
  • Blankets
  • Medical equipment for at least 42 health facilities
  • Shower and restroom facilities
  • Ramadan food packages were distributed in 2013 and 2014
  • With the help of UNRWA, a special project has also been established to help Palestinian refugees inside Syria who have been affected by the ongoing conflict. They are receiving food aid and hygiene and sanitary items.
  • A separate Winterization effort was also been implemented to provide blankets, mattresses and tarps to displaced families to protect against the cold.

*** While the situation inside and around Syria is volatile and could change, Islamic Relief is making every effort to accomplish its goal to of delivering aid items to those who need it most. If changing conditions in the region make this impossible, however, Islamic Relief  Canada  will provide assistance to address a similar need, and will update you—our generous donors—on the situation as quickly as possible.

Islamic Relief donors are providing:

  • Food parcels: rice, sugar, oil, pasta, powdered milk, beans, cheese, salt, tomato paste, chicken stock
  • Hygiene products: shampoo, soap, detergent, facial tissues, toothpaste
  • Cooking fuel
  • Items, such as diapers, for babies
  • Mattresses, blankets and pillows
  • Housing rent assistance
  • Medicines and hospitalization, including urgent medical treatments, such as kidney dialysis, and vital surgeries
  • Special food packages were distributed during the Ramadan and Udhiyah/Qurbani seasons 2011-2014
  • A separate Winterization effort was also been implemented to provide emergency supplies, including blankets and carpets, for two months to some 940 families.

Islamic Relief donors are providing:

  • Food parcels: rice, sugar, lentils, peas, tomato sauce, noodles, pasta, beans, oil, halawa, salt, water, bread, halal luncheon meats, tea
  • Hygiene products: shampoo, soap, detergent, facial tissues, toothpaste
  • Items, such as diapers, for babies
  • Clothes
  • Mattresses and blankets
  • Kitchen sets
  • Heaters and candles
  • Mosquito repellants
  • A separate Winterization effort was also been implemented to provide items including food, blankets, heaters, fuel, mattresses, rugs and baby kits to refugee families to protect against the cold.
  • Special food packages were distributed during the Ramadan and Udhiyah/Qurbani seasons 2011-2014