December 2017 Newsletter


CATEGORY: Newsletter
WRITTEN BY: Mohamad Naser Albadawi
POSTED ON: Dec 10, 2017

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Winter is coming

NEWSLETTER


DECEMBER 2017

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 disabilities. 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.
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“Thank you Mercy Without Limits. You warmed our hearts and the little bodies of our children.” – Mother from Al Ramtha, Jordan

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 adversity.

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 grow.

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.

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