Displaced Again | Give Warmth to Syrian Children

Winter in a refugee camp is not easy for a child. Temperatures drop, making it hard to attend school without warm clothes, jackets and boots. Winter storms can cause flooding and icy conditions, making it hard to get around. Housed in temporary settlements like tents, these children are especially vulnerable to suffering from hypothermia and contracting pneumonia. In clinics, health workers are treating a rising number of children for respiratory illnesses, caused by the bitter weather conditions.

Millions of vulnerable children in Syria, Lebanon, Jordan, Iraq, Turkey, Egypt and the State of Palestine have little protection against the cold. Most have fled violence with nothing but the clothes on their back. In those countries alone, there are nearly 4 million internally displaced children and 3.5 million children living as refugees.

Syrian children
Syrian children

The storm of January 17, 2019

A child looks outside his tent in the aftermath of a winter storm
A child looks outside his tent in the aftermath of a winter storm

The storm of January 17, 2019

UNICEF aims to reach … 1.3 million children in the Middle East with warm clothes, thermal blankets, and the support they need to survive this year.

We can’t do it without you. Your purchase of a UNICEF Canada Survival Gift can help keep babies, children and youth clothed, warm and healthy as winter temperatures plummet.

Every dollar makes a difference. Through UNICEF Canada's Survival Gifts, 4 children can be kept warm with a package of 4 thermal blankets for $36, or a winter clothing kit can keep a baby or toddler warm this winter for only $44.

How much does it cost to keep a child warm when they have nothing to start with? Learn more here »