Syrian Families Face Bitter Cold
    Help SAMS Deliver Urgently
    Needed Winter Essentials

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    In northwest Syria, 4.5 million people are in need of humanitarian assistance, including 2.7 million Syrians who are Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs),  who have fled conflict and have no choice but to live outdoors in informal camps, with limited access to shelter, basic sanitation, food,  clean water, and healthcare. 

    Extreme winter weather has further worsened the plight of displaced Syrians, impacting up to a quarter of a million people.  Due to the harsh winter conditions, at least five Syrian children died in the north of Syria in the past two weeks alone.Starting on January 18th, 2022, a powerful winter storm brought heavy snow, hail and high winds to IDP camps in northwest Syria, collapsing tents and causing unimaginable hardship to residents. At least 545 tents have been reported destroyed and 9,125 tents damaged by snowfall, floods and winds. In all, the United Nations estimates 100,000 people have been affected by the heavy snow and about 150,000 have been battling the rain and freezing temperatures.  According to Camp Coordination and Camp Management (CCCM) cluster,  there have been 162 snowstorm incidents, 111 flood incidents and 14 high-speed wind incidents in camps since January 18th. Between January 14th and February 4th, over 25,000 tents were damaged or destroyed by flooding, affecting 142,000 people. 

    SAMS Dr. Mustapha Qatrib, pediatric at SAMS-supported Ibn Sina Hospital said, "Sickness rates are higher than previous years due to sub-zero temperatures and snow fall given that there are displacement camps around the Idlib region."

    Thousands of displaced families are facing extreme hardship trying to survive in the midst of this severe winter weather. The snow, freezing rain, and sub-zero temperatures are especially harmful for children, the elderly, and people with disabilities living in flimsy tents, without proper winter clothing and heat. With little protection from the elements,  these vulnerable individuals are at risk of hypothermia and winter-related illnesses, such as respiratory infections, at a time when the COVID-19 response is already straining the health system.    To stay warm, people resort to negative coping mechanisms, such as burning plastic bags, increasing the risk of fire outbreaks and respiratory illness due to the toxic fumes. A father described his situation,

    "Our suffering has increased during winter due to the scarcity of fuel and other winterization supplies necessary to weather the elements..."To address this urgent need, SAMS is partnering with Mercy Without Limits to distribute warm blankets, heaters and fuel to at least 750 families in northwest Syria, benefitting more than 3,000 individuals. With your support, each family will receive (3) warm blankets, a heater and enough fuel to last for approximately 75 - 90 days.  This winterization campaign will deliver aid to 4 internal displacement camps in Ma’arat al-Misrin in Idlib governorate.Please help us deliver these life-saving winter essentials to these extremely vulnerable individuals, including mothers with infants, children, and the elderly, who face health risks due to prolonged exposure to cold temperatures.  Your donation of $180 will ensure that 1 family will receive (3) warm blankets, a heater and enough fuel to last up to 90 days. Below is a photo of the heater families will receive: Let's help these vulnerable individuals stay warm this winter. Here is what your donation will do:

    $180 - (3) Blankets, heater & fuel (90 days)

    $100 - Fuel for up to 90 days

    $  60 - Heater

    $  20 - (3) Blankets

    Thank you so much for your helping these families stay warm this winter!  Want to do more?  Share this link with all your contacts.  Together, we can have an even greater impact!

    Below is a photo of the distribution, which with your help, has already begun:

      

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    The Syrian American Medical Society (SAMS) Foundation is a 501(c)(3) global medical relief organization that is working on the front lines of crisis relief in Syria and beyond to alleviate suffering and save lives. TAX ID 16-1717058. Learn more here:  www.sams-usa.net For every dollar donated in 2021, 94 cents went directly into relief programs.

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