This is the biggest humanitarian emergency of our era and millions of children, women and men are now facing a bitter winter ahead.
The UN Refugee Agency is on the ground providing life-saving protection but we need your help.
So far this year, over 800,000 people have arrived in Europe by sea and land and another 15 million have been forced to flee across the Middle East.
As refugee families continue to flee war and persecution at staggering rates, a bitter winter is fast approaching. For many Syrian families this will be the 5th winter bringing further misery for families already struggling to survive in incredibly harsh conditions, with many lacking basic winter household items.
UNHCR knows from previous winter crises that it is critical to ensure that families are equipped to survive the winter from November onwards. We need to be fully prepared for the additional challenges of a winter emergency well before freezing temperatures grip regions across Europe and the Middle East, exposing millions of the most vulnerable refugees.
What is UNHCR doing?
UNHCR is working around the clock with other agencies and aid groups, stockpiling and distributing winter aid items to keep vulnerable people, both in camps and urban settings, protected and warm. This includes:
- The distribution of winter survival kits that include high thermal blankets, sleeping bags, winter clothes, heating stoves, and gas supplies.
- The provision of emergency shelters including family tents, refugee housing units and emergency reception facilities.
- Improvement of reception and transit centers and preparing and supporting families for winter conditions.
You can help make a difference.
But even more, your gift, every gift, includes something priceless. It brings HOPE.
How you can help
You can choose among the following basic items or donate any other amount by filling out the donation form on the right side of the page.
Could provide a refugee family in Jordan with winter clothes to help them fight the cold
Could provide high thermal fleece blankets to keep a family warm during the bitter winter months
Could provide a refugee family in Turkey with a heating stove so they can cook for themselves
Could fund the insulation of a whole refugee family’s shelter to protect them from the tough winter weather conditions
UNHCR's refund policy
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Your donation will support UNHCR emergency work in Europe, Syria and other countries where refugees and internally displaced people are in need.
A monthly gift allows us to help more families in need
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