Warm Their Hearts
As winter unfolds its cold embrace, millions around the globe are left shivering, vulnerable to the harsh realities that come with poverty and disaster. Human Concern International stands as a beacon of hope, committed to delivering warmth and vital aid to those in need.
Donate today. It’s a matter of survival.
Canada Food Aid$70
Can provide a Canadian family with food essentials for one month in the harsh cold.
International Food Aid$100
Can provide a in a crisis zone family with food and water for one month in the harsh cold.
Can gift blankets, clothing, and hygiene items to a family in the harsh cold.
Fuel & Heating$350
Can offer the warmth of fuel and heating to a family for one month in the harsh cold.
Can provide medical assistance for those in dire need in the harsh cold.
Our Mission: Winter Aid Across Five Nations
This year, HCI is focusing its efforts on Morocco, Lebanon, Syria, Yemen, and Afghanistan—regions that have not only felt the chill of winter but also the tremors of earthquakes and the turmoil of conflict. We will also be fighting the cold at home, here in Canada.
With your help, we can ensure that families in these countries receive:
The Struggle for Warmth: Country-Specific Challenges
On September 8, 2023, a devastating earthquake struck the Marrakesh-Safi region of Morocco, leaving countless without shelter against the creeping cold.
Entering the fourth year of an economic crisis, over 80% of Lebanon’s population now lives in poverty, facing a winter with scarce resources and little hope.
February 6, 2023, marked a day of tragedy as an earthquake ravaged parts of Syria already scarred by conflict. The need for aid is urgent as winter deepens the despair.
Conflict has subsided, but Yemen faces a new enemy: famine, exacerbated by inflation and extreme weather. The people’s resilience is waning as the cold sets in.
A series of earthquakes in early October 2023 has compounded the hardships faced by the Afghan people, as they now also contend with the onset of winter.
In Canada, the winter’s frost doesn’t discriminate, bringing life-threatening cold that claims over a hundred lives annually. This year, HCI extends its compassionate reach within Canadian borders, collaborating with 8 food banks facing unprecedented demand as the cost of living soars to a 30-year high. Together, we’ll fortify food banks and stand with Indigenous communities, ensuring that every individual has access to the essentials to withstand the winter season. Your support here helps safeguard our own community against the relentless cold.
Take a Stand Against the Cold: Your Action Matters
This winter, your warmth can become their shelter. Human Concern International invites you to transform lives in Morocco, Lebanon, Syria, Yemen, Afghanistan, and here at home in Canada. Your contribution means more than just aid; it’s a message of solidarity to those facing the cruellest months with bravery but not enough resources.
Imagine the relief a mother feels as she feeds her children, the gratitude of elders as they wrap themselves in a warm blanket, the comfort of a family no longer facing the biting cold in tattered clothes. This is the change you can create.
As you seek comfort in your warm homes, take a moment to extend the sanctuary of warmth to those who are exposed to the bitter winter with nothing but hope.
Current Context in Syria
In the harsh winter of Syrian refugee camps, impoverished families face dire conditions. Makeshift shelters provide little insulation against biting cold, with temperatures plummeting below freezing. Without proper heating, the cold seeps into their fragile homes, threatening especially the young and the elderly. Blankets and warm clothing are scarce, often leading to illness. Food is limited, and the struggle for adequate nutrition intensifies as the body demands more to maintain warmth. The landscape, blanketed in snow, further isolates these families, compounding their vulnerability and desperation in the face of relentless, chilling adversity.
- Approximately 15.3 million people in Syria require humanitarian assistance, which is about 70% of the population within the country.
- More than 90% of Syrians live below the poverty line, and over 2 million Syrian refugee children are out of school with an additional 1.6 million at risk of dropping out.
- About 5.3 million Syrian refugees are living in neighboring countries, with over 6.8 million internally displaced within Syria. Women and children make up over two-thirds of the displaced population.
- It’s estimated that 12 million people are food insecure, with 2.5 million severely food insecure as of January 2023.
- The UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) provides winter relief items such as warm clothes, sleeping bags, thermal blankets, stoves, fuel for heating, and insulation for tents during winter, alongside cash assistance for rent, food, and medicine.
- Syrian refugees have sought asylum in over 130 countries. Turkey hosts over 3.6 million, and Lebanon hosts 1.5 million, the largest number per capita in the world. Za’atari refugee camp in Jordan houses more than 82,000 refugees, with children and women constituting a significant portion of the population.
- The population is facing rampant poverty, exacerbated by funding shortages for humanitarian aid and inflation, with many relying on melting snow for drinking water.
- A staggering 97% of northwest Syria’s population lives in extreme poverty, earning less than $2 a day, and over 80% require food assistance.