In the winter months, temperatures in Yemen can fall to -5°C. With little shelter from the bitter cold and no money to buy warm clothing, children are likely to fall ill with flu, fever, and other cold-related illnesses. Orphans are at particular risk, having lost the main breadwinner of the family. The current humanitarian emergency in Yemen has left 16 of the 25 million people requiring access to aid and assistance. The health sector in particular has been hit hard and as a result, cannot function properly. A severe shortage of doctors, medicine, and other urgent supplies means that when children become ill, there is little chance medical help will be available. To protect orphans from the harsh weather, we have provided 1,200 orphans with coupons worth approximately $56 dollars to spend on winter clothing of their choice such as coats, hats, and boots.
Winter blanket distribution in Gaza
As many people in Gaza prepared for another bitterly cold winter, Islamic Relief Waqf provided blankets to 33 families of sponsored orphans. After the conflict, many families returned to their homes to find them destroyed. Some used tarpaulin to cover holes; others made temporary shelters out of left-over material, but these measures are not enough to shelter from the harsh cold and rain in Gaza. Each family was given three blankets to provide some respite. Mrs. Mona Hijazi said: “Thank you. I appreciate your commitment to relieving our suffering and to making our children happier and healthier.”
Hana Ahmed is 35 years old and has seven children. Her husband died five years ago. They have scarce access to electricity and spend hours queueing to get water from the water tanks donated by aid organizations. Hana registered with Islamic Relief last year. In addition to receiving winter clothes, she has also received food for Ramadan, blankets, and money every three months to help pay for living expenses. “Our living situation has changed,” said Hana. “You can see how happy [the clothes distribution] has made my children. I want to thank both the donors and Islamic Relief Waqf for the joy and pleasure they have brought to our hearts. We truly believe that there are people who care about us and our children, and we want to thank them. May God grant them a thousand rewards.”
“Prices are much higher now. When my children and I get sick, we can’t afford to travel to hospitals”.
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