UNICEF helps children in East Ghouta keep warm during harsh winter
Thanks to the contribution from Canada and the Department for International Development (DFID), over 32,000 clothing kits distributed to children aged 0-14, including 5,000 to children in Hammourieh.
UNICEF helps children in East Ghouta keep warm during harsh winter Following a lull in violence and after years of conflict, siege and displacement, families started returning to their destroyed homes in villages across East Ghouta, rural Damascus, amid a severe lack of services and damaged infrastructure. One such village is Hammourieh, once a bustling destination for furniture shoppers thanks to its skilled carpentry workshops, and now home to around 19,000 people, living in rudimentary conditions and poverty.
“I only have slippers, so my feet are always wet which makes me feel even colder!”
Dropping temperatures are adding to the vulnerability of families who are increasingly unable to provide for their children’s most basic needs, including for winter clothes, after years of displacement, loss of livelihoods and inflation.
Families rely on burning nylon bags, rags, or firewood when they can afford it, for some warmth. Power cuts are a daily reality for over 17 hours per day, while many families have had to replace broken windows and doors with plastic sheets, pieces of cardboard or even thin blankets, to fend off the cold wind.
“I’ll wear the woolen hat even to bed, to keep me warm at night,”
“I am excited to go to school in new clothes and shoes,”
To help ease the financial burden on families and bring some warmth to children in rural Damascus, UNICEF is distributing over 32,000 clothing kits to children aged 0-14, including 5,000 to children in Hammourieh, thanks to a generous contribution from Canada and the Department for International Development (DFID). Each clothing kit contains a thermal outfit, a winter jacket, woolen hat, scarf and gloves, as well as winter shoes.