Washington DC (Nov 5, 2015) – Alkhayyat Foundation announced a new grant today to support USA for UNHCR’s efforts in responding to Syrian refugee’s needs during the fast-approaching winter season.
The grant aims to support USA for UNHCR’s work in providing core winter weather relief items for Syrian refugees in Lebanon, Jordan, and Turkey as well as internally displaced persons and communities in Syria. USA for UNHCR’s winter support will include heavy thermal blankets, shelter insulation, stoves and area heaters, winter clothes, and cash assistance.
According to UNHCR, and as the Syrian conflict enters its fifth year, millions of refugees are caught in alarmingly deteriorating conditions, facing an even bleaker future. With no solution to the conflict in sight, most of the 4 million Syrian refugees in Turkey, Lebanon, Jordan, Iraq and Egypt see no prospect of returning home in the near future, and have little opportunity to restart their lives in exile. Inside Syria, the situation is also deteriorating rapidly. Millions of children are suffering from trauma and ill health. A quarter of Syria’s schools have been damaged, destroyed or taken over for shelter. More than half of Syria’s hospitals are destroyed. Winter weather contributes heavily into the deteriorating conditions of displaced Syrians.
About Alkhayyat Foundation
Alkhayyat Foundation is a U.S.-based non-for-profit foundation chaired by the Syrian-Qatari businessman and philanthropist Moutaz Alkhayyat. The Foundation provides monetary and in-kind support to international organizations and educational institutions working to secure a better future for vulnerable and underserved communities in the Middle East region.
USA for UNHCR helps and protects refugees and people displaced by violence, conflict and persecution. Supporting UNHCR – the UN Refugee Agency – and its partners, we provide life-saving essentials including shelter, water, food, safety and protection. Around the world, we help refugees survive, recover and build a better future. Together, we can give refugees the hope and dignity they deserve and help them rebuild their lives. For more information, visit www.UNrefugees.org.