Help families survive another winter in a war zone.

Winter is coming to Syria and neighbouring countries, threatening to compound the suffering of millions of families displaced by the fighting in Syria and Iraq.

Living in tents, makeshift settlements, urban slums and abandoned buildings, they will struggle to keep warm and dry — to keep a roof over their heads — as the cold begins to bite and the region is lashed by heavy rain and snow. Temperatures can drop below -10 degrees Celsius. 

Even before the recent fighting in northern Syria, UNHCR was needing to reach 3.88 million vulnerable people with urgent winter assistance — 280,000 more than this time last year.

Now, the situation is even worse, with thousands of families in northern Syria facing their first winter in a displacement camp.


Last year in Lebanon, several days of strong winds, heavy rain and snow caused widespread damage and whole families froze to death while trying to reach safety. Tragically, hypothermia was responsible for the death of many children.

UNHCR has worked for months to prepare for the harsh winter conditions. Right now teams are on the ground providing:

  • Basic survival items - warm clothing, shoes, food and medicine to fight the cold.
  • Heating packs - with heating stoves, thermal blankets, plastic tarpaulins, inner tent linings and thermal floor mats.
  • Cash assistance - payments to help vulnerable families meet additional heating, insulation and clothing costs during the harsh winter.

Now, with even more people in our care, we need your help. Please make an urgent donation to our Winter Survival Fund.

Donate now →


Lamia, 13 in Bekaa Valley | Winter Survival Fund

13-year-old Lamia and her family fled from Syria to Lebanon last year, arriving with no warm clothing or winter provisions. This winter, a basic survival package will help them stay warm and weatherproof their tent. ©UNHCR/A.McConnell

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How Amira and her family are surviving the winter

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The power of one heater for the Waleed family

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