As we feared, the winter snow has come in blizzards over Bekaa Valley in Lebanon, making already harsh conditions far worse for Syrian refugees in the camps. The tents they live in are substandard in the extreme cold and health is suffering badly.
The UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) reported last Friday that the challenges in the region have increased, but the resources are not enough and they need to enlist the support of the international community.
In a race against time UNHCR, governments and their partners have worked in recent days to replace damaged tents, provide repair kits, deliver emergency supplies and provide alternative shelter for those who were forced to flee their homes due to the harsh conditions. However, despite these efforts, the situation across the region remains precarious for most refugees who already live in extremely critical conditions.
In the camps we work in, thanks to a generous donation just before Christmas we were able to provide shoes for all of the children in the schools. Project manager Nuna said “The children were soooo thrilled! They were walking in the snow with plastic slippers and yesterday they all came to school with their new boots!”.
What we need to do now is raise just over £65,000 for the running of the schools this year. Included in this is the price of wood to keep the spaces warm and cozy through the weather as well as other essential supplies for the children for Winter. So all financial support we can get at this time is vital.
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