Winter is coming. For thousands of people around the world – in countries such as Syria,
Turkey, Jordan, Iraq and many others – this time of year is usually the cruelest. The cold
weather heaps another layer of misery with temperatures dropping below zero degrees.
Many refugee are exposed to harsh winter conditions due to shelter vulnerabilities, shortage
of fuel, and damaged infrastructure.
Housing in Eastern Ghouta are filthy and overcrowded - many people, including women and
children, are forced to sleep in abandoned buildings, summer tents, and on the ground
leaving them vulnerable to the cold.
Mercy Without Limits is working to provide urgent assistance to children and families
affected by several weather conditions.
"You Warmed Our Hearts"
Mercy Without Limits works on the ground daily
to ensure that women, children, and families
remain warm this winter season. Our winter kit
project focuses on the distribution of blankets
and winter jackets. The goal is to provide
winterization assistance to conflict-affected
women and children, specifically vulnerable
groups such as unaccompanied children,
women-headed households, and children with
In November, a total of 750 blankets and 308
jackets were provided to families in Al Ramtha,
Swelih, Albaqaa Camp, Madaba Camp, and Al
Salt - Jordan. Others items of distribution
include, fuel for heaters, heaters, pillows,
mattresses, children’s boots, children’s clothes
and hygiene kits.
It's too Cold to Learn
As the heavy winter rains create
valleys throughout the camp, people
rush to divert seeping water away
from what little belongings remain dry.
Iraq, known for its harsh winter
conditions, is home to many diverse
groups people. Mercy Without Limits
works to improve the living
conditions of those suffering winter
by providing them with, not just
mandatory winter essentials, but also opportunities for self development.
With educational programs for children, vocational opportunities for adults, healthcare and
psychological services, the hope is to empower the vulnerable to prosper in the face of
Nine-year old Heba of Mosul, Iraq did not choose to be born in the conditions she's in. With
responsibilities beyond her age, she stays home all day and helps her family care for her
younger siblings. "I loved school, but the school is cold and the walk is long". With the
nearest school miles away, Heba chose to forgo school as a result of the harsh winter
conditions and the insufficient sheltering provided at school. Unfortunately, Heba is one of
5.8 million children in that region who are in need of educational support. At present, Heba
attends one of Mercy Without Limits' informal schools; a school that is closer to home and
run on portable heaters making it a short walk and warm opportunity for her to learn and
Lack of education and livelihood opportunities in this region of the world, will cause
long-term destabilization of the region and will result in lost generations. Join us in ending
the cycle of cold winter despair by empowering the vulnerable to learn, work, and grow.
Support Winter Programs