Winter is a particularly dangerous time for the people of Syria who have fled their homes because of fighting and unsafe conditions. With East Aleppo coming under the Asad government’s control, thousands more Syrians have been forced to leave, joining the millions of refugees and internally displaced peoples that make the situation in Syria the biggest humanitarian crisis of our time.

Millions now live in unstable and deprived conditions without proper protection from the rain, snow, and freezing temperatures that will become a reality over the next few months. Children and the elderly are especially vulnerable, and we want to ensure they have the best chance of survival over this harsh period. Targeting the massive numbers of Internally Displaced People (IDPs) who are gathered in the besieged city of Homs to the south of Aleppo, this project aims to provide the means by which these people will stay warm. We hope to repeat last year’s efforts and provide the people with heaters, shoes, and proper clothing.

Why is this project so important?

The towns and regions targeted this winter period are where some of the most in need people are found and where the increasing numbers of Internally Displaced People (IDPs) and the continuous movement of families is a reality due to the continuously deteriorating situation. According to figures by the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UNOCHA), there are an estimated 13.5 million people requiring humanitarian aid, and of these, 5.47 million are in hard-to-reach areas.

To put the conditions into perspective, Syria’s development situation has regressed by four decades, and this has left every four out of five Syrians living in poverty. Humanitarian access remains constrained by the ongoing violence in the region, and in many cases only local aid providers have been able to reach those in most need. The access that our partners have enables them to provide assistance to IDPs in the areas mentioned above, some of which are currently besieged.

Who does this project help?

This project aims to assist over 1820 IDPs and refugees. By providing the Syrian people with better and safer heating and enhancing the local economies within the camps, it hopes repeat last winter’s efforts and decrease the number of deaths due to freezing this winter. Focusing particularly on families who have lost their ‘breadwinner’, it focuses on evening the playing field and ensuring that everyone has the best chance at survival.

How does this project help?

By working through local NGOs on the ground in Syria, we gain access to people and areas that would otherwise be impossible. The wealth of context-rich knowledge and the trust of the Syrian people allows this project to make a valuable contribution to the humanitarian effort in Syria at this time.  This project aims to provide emergency relief and to continue to do so effectively needs your continued support. The heaters we provide are a biofuel substitute to coal and charcoal. These briquettes are mostly used in the developing world, where cooking fuels are not as easily available. Not only are they environmentally friendly, but they are also easier for the families that live confined in small camps. They provide a clear, safer, and healthier fuel source.