For millions of people around the world, winter is often a terrifying and life-threatening experience. Whether it be Syrian refugees fleeing violence and living in makeshift plastic camps, Palestinians living in their destroyed Gazan homes, or refugees in Jordan facing severe food shortages due to the conflict; these brothers and sisters in humanity face their toughest test yet.
Throughout this cold season, UMR will be distributing essential winter kits around the world to thousands of families in need.
Our winter kits consist of heaters, fuel, blankets, jackets, gloves, hats and essential food items. Each of our kits is customized to meet the different needs of families depending on size and need. With the weather during the past two winters reaching sub-zero temperatures, every kit we provide can help a family survive the treacherous cold.
Lebanon has been especially affected by the Syrian crisis. Thus far, it has received one of the highest number of Syrian refugees in the world to date. The needs of individuals seeking safety and aid in Lebanon is large. Similarly to locals, Syrian refugees, are becoming increasingly vulnerable day by day and humanitarian needs are only increasing. Because of the lack of capacity and resources, refugees’ socio-economic vulnerability increases. As winter approaches, these needs will only increase. Donate today to help alleviate the urgent need of humanitarian assistance.
Turkey is currently hosting the largest number of Syrian Refugees in one country. Nations bordering Syria are approaching a dangerous saturation point. With a harsh winter approaching and current humanitarian assistance dwindling, an increase in relief aid is necessary. The overwhelming need will only increase as cold weather, displacement, and lack of food exacerbates the chilling effects of the cold months. As crossing the border becomes increasingly difficult because of icy weather, children and the elderly will be at increased risk.
The lack of space, weak infrastructure and extremely limited resources have put immense strain on the country. It is now nearing a breaking point. The Za’atri camp is the largest shelter serving Syrian refugees; it is not enough. Families feel trapped, crowded and further from home, hoping to seek shelter elsewhere. However, because they are unable to work, refugees cannot provide for their own basic needs. The future is looking bleak for these refugees, and the winter months provide an added strain for families looking for basic needs for survival.
Violence in the area has continued and threatened the safety of Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza. Many families will be exposed to the harsh climate of the winter months and will be susceptible to cold-related viruses and diseases unless significant measures are taken to ensure that they are adequately prepared for the bitter cold.
In the United States, hypothermia season begins on November 1st, and ends on March 31st. The number of individuals seeking housing during this season increases nationwide every year, despite the inefficient capacity of cities to provide support and adequate resources for those in need. Children who are homeless or living below the poverty line are additionally affected by this. It has been found that poor children experienced higher rates of illness symptoms, disability, and days off from school than their counterparts from families that are better off. Furthermore, the growing homelessness crisis across the country due to the effects of the economic recession, has also left many homeless to find shelter in tunnels and under bridges to escape the rain and snow. These makeshift shelters, however, can often lead to unsanitary conditions that threaten lives.