Syrian Children Battle Freezing Temperatures

Freezing weather is sweeping across the Middle East! 

Vulnerable Syrian refugee children, living in flimsy tents and make-shift shelters, will have little protection from the cold.

Most have fled violence with almost nothing to their name and now must battle freezing temperatures, snow and biting winds to survive.

Without warm winter clothes and protection from the harsh conditions, they are at increased risk of dying from exposure or illnesses like, colds, flus and bronchial infections.

Years of fighting have left millions of Syrian children in desperate need of help and support. Children have lost their homes, their schools and even their families.

Help us send warm winter clothing, blankets, medicine, food, clean water, soap and education supplies to Syrian children.

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A Syrian boy stands at the entrance of his tent at an informal settlement in the Syrian Arab Republic near the Turkish border. © UNICEF/UNI296659/Alshami

Syria Faces COVID-19 Pandemic

The arrival COVID-19 has sparked major concerns for the safety of Syrian children living in over-populated refugee camps.

In crowded conditions, where social distancing is impossible and sanitation is limited, a COVID-19 outbreak would be deadly.

This winter, we’re working to prevent the spread of coronavirus in Syria and overcrowded refugee camps across the region. We are working to install hand-washing facilities and distribute soap and other sanitation items, but it’s not enough.

Children desperately need better access to clean water, soap, hygiene supplies and medicine.

We need your support to reach every child.




Your Donation Saves Children’s Lives

It is only because of support from people like you that UNICEF can continue our work on the ground, in the hard to reach areas of Syria, and in the refugee camps in surrounding countries.

Here is how your donation can protect Syrian children; 

  • With only €50 you can provide 8 children with warm blankets to protect them from the freezing cold.
  • With €100 you can provide a family with emergency food, clean water and medicines to feed and protect them, saving their lives.
  • With €150 you can provide 3 children with a full winter kit of warm clothing including, boots, coat, hat, gloves and socks, keeping them safe from the elements.
Syrian children huddle under blanket
Syrian children sit together under a heavy blanket at a camp for the displaced in Syria’s northwestern Idlib province. © UNICEF/UNI374772/Watad/AFP

Other Ways to Donate

You can make a donation by phone, you can reach us on 01 809 0270

Our office hours are Monday to Friday from 09:00 to 17:30.

You can send your donation by post to


UNICEF Ireland,
33 Lower Ormond Quay,
Dublin D01 R283.

You can help reach more children affected by conflict. Please donate today and help  protect children. 

In the unlikely event that the funds raised exceed UNICEF’s funding requirements for this appeal, your donation will be directed to where the need is greatest.

Give the Gift of Warmth

Help protect Syrian children from the cold this winter. Donate now and send winter clothing kits, blankets, medical supplies, food and water to those most in need.