Your donations to UNHCR's winter appeal will help refugees.

As temperatures drop, millions of families forced to flee will face another cold winter far from home.

This coming winter will again be very challenging for millions of people forced to flee their homes around the world. Steep rises in the cost of basic commodities like food and fuel, combined with the climate crisis and the long-term consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic continue to challenge displaced and refugee families. Many are facing even more difficulties during the coldest months of the year. The most vulnerable are forced to make impossible choices as they try to keep their fragile homes warm and dry and their families healthy  

For people forced to flee the war in Ukraine, UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, is helping the most vulnerable families by providing cash assistance, winter supplies and helping to reinforce homes and collective shelters against the harsh weather.   

In Afghanistan, as well as in Iran and Pakistan where many vulnerable Afghan families have fled over the years, the humanitarian situation is more dire year on year and the winter months are extremely challenging. UNHCR is providing cash assistance, solar installations, and helping with the construction of permanent shelters to help families on the brink who are often exposed to harsh cold and snow early on in high-altitude cities as well as remote villages.   

Across the Middle East, in Lebanon, Jordan, and Syria, UNHCR is on the ground providing life-saving aid and winter supplies to refugees and displaced families facing snowstorms, flooding, and freezing temperatures. We are also providing support to refugee families fleeing the Sudan crisis, who found protection and shelter in Egypt and are facing similar challenges this winter for the first time.   

But we cannot continue this work without your help. Your donation is needed more than ever now to protect vulnerable families through the harsh winter months.

The winter response is among UNHCR’s top priorities for the coming months.   

Please support UNHCR and help us act now before it’s too late.  

Photo credit: © UNHCR/Julian Busch

Zahra*, 34, with her young daughter in front of her house in Sabzi, Bamyan province.

Please support displaced families this winter

By making a monthly donation to UNHCR, you will provide refugees and displaced families with protection this winter, and more winters to come.  

Donations made directly to UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, may not be tax-deductible depending on the country you are in. National laws and regulations applicable to contributions to United Nations agencies vary from country to country. UNHCR partners with dedicated fundraising associations in a number of countries. In such countries, in order to make a tax-deductible donation through these entities, you will need to donate through their individual websites.