Fending off the cold winter
UNICEF reaches vulnerable children with warm winter clothes
Eleven years into the conflict in Syria, freezing winter temperatures and heavy rains add to the vulnerability of families, who are increasingly barely able to make ends meet. Moreover, the COVID-19 pandemic is further worsening the deteriorating situation.
Large numbers of conflict-affected Syrian children and families have been displaced and forced to live in camps for the internally displaced or informal settlements. The makeshift tents offer very little protection against the harsh winter weather. Limited amounts of fuel, and lack of means for heating, make it extremely challenging to fend off the cold. Families struggle to afford the most basic supplies - including clothes, scarves, gloves, and shoes – to keep their children warm.
To help children keep warm during winter, UNICEF reached them, aged 0 – 14 years, in camp settings and collective shelters, through the distribution of winter clothing kits.
Each clothing kit contained a winter jacket, a woolen sweater, a thermal outfit, warm winter trousers, a woolen hat, a scarf, gloves, socks, winter boots and warm pajamas. Baby kits also included body suits, a cotton set of gloves, a hat and socks, baby blankets, a baby coat, a carrying bag and hygiene supplies for babies.
This winter, UNICEF aimed to reach 100,000 displaced children in Syria with warm clothes.