IRUSA Syrian Humanitarian Aid Winter

Syrian Humanitarian Relief

About the Emergency

By the Numbers

More than 3.2 million registered Syrian refugees are living in neighboring countries

6.5 million children have been affected by the crisis–more than half of Syrian children are no longer attending school

Some 10.8 million people inside Syria are in need of humanitarian aid

(Source: UNHCR, OCHA)

It’s been four winters now that Syrians have been living with violence all around— the conflict that began in Syria in March 2011 has isolated entire towns and neighborhoods, and exposed many Syrians to daily turmoil. In many communities, people have been forced to remain in their homes for safety. Many others have been pushed out of their neighborhoods to try to find refuge in adjacent areas. They cannot commute to work, school and other places of business, or get supplies or medical care. This makes life unbearable for people who already have little access to food, water, medical care and electricity.

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To protect their families, millions of Syrian refugees have fled to neighboring countries, such as Jordan and Lebanon. The latest reports indicate that the registered Syrian refugee population outside Syria is more than 3.2 million. In Jordan, areas such as Mafraq, Ramtha, Irbid, Zarqa, Maan, Al Karak and Amman are hosting large numbers of Syrian refugees, while in Lebanon, many Syrian refugees are being hosted in areas such as Akkar. Syrians are now considered the largest refugee population in the world.

The crisis worsens every winter—last winter was one of the worst: This time last year, Winter Storm “Alexa” brought torrential rain and snow to the region, pushing temperatures in some area below freezing. Many have called “Alexa” the worst winter storm to hit the region in years: ” … snow, sharp winds and cold, heavy rains [have caused] misery for hundreds of thousands in camps and shanties”. Syrians are bracing themselves this season, and we pray that the weather will somehow be kinder, but it is still extremely cold.

How Islamic Relief is Helping

Nearly 1.7 million Syrians in need, both inside Syria and in neighboring Jordan and Lebanon, have been helped by Islamic Relief USA’s generous community. And, through the collaborative efforts of Islamic Relief offices around the world, millions of Syrians affected by the conflict have received aid.

Helping Inside SyriaHelping Syrians In JordanHelping Syrians in Lebanon




Helping Inside SyriaIn Syria, here are some of the way Islamic Relief donors are supporting those in need:



—Winterization effort that provides blankets, mattresses, tarps, and winter clothing to displaced families to protect against the cold to some 60,000 internally displaced persons for six months.
—Distribution of food parcels, including items such as rice, sugar, bulgur, canned beans, lentils, olive oil, cans of tuna, flour, sweets, jam, tomato paste, cooking oil
—Distribution of hygiene products such as shampoo, soap, detergent, facial tissues, toothpaste, toothbrushes, feminine products, toilet paper, wet wipes
—Providing health intervention by setting up 35 field hospitals with medical disposables, and installing 20 water and sanitation units

—Ramadan food packages were distributed in 2013, and 2014.

—Udhiyah/Qurbani packages were procured locally and distributed in 2014.

—Provided medical equipment to 105 field hospitals and 36 medical points
—Provided shower and restroom facilities at three refugee camps inside Syria
—Distributed food packages, hygiene kits and items for babies to nearly 178,000 internally displaced individuals inside Syria
—With the help of UNRWA, a special project was also established to help Palestinian refugees inside Syria who have been affected by the ongoing conflict. They received food aid and hygiene and sanitary items. More than 22,000 people have been helped through this effort specifically.

Helping Syrians In JordanIn Jordan, here are some of the way Islamic Relief donors, in collaboration with the Jordan Hashemite Charity Organization (JHCO), have supported Syrian refugees:



—Winterization effort to provide clothes vouchers, gas heaters and gas vouchers, and blankets, for three months to some 1,516 Syrian refugees and poor Jordanian families in the host country
—Providing medicines and hospitalization, including urgent medical treatments, such as kidney dialysis, and vital surgeries

—Ramadan food packages were distributed in 2011, 2012, 2013, and 2014.
—Udhiyah/Qurbani packages were distributed in 2011, 2012, 2013, and 2014.

—Distributed food parcels: rice, sugar, oil, pasta, powdered milk, beans, cheese, salt, tomato paste, chicken stock
—Distributed hygiene products: shampoo, soap, detergent, facial tissues, toothpaste
—Provided cooking fuel
—Provided items, such as diapers, for babies
—Provided housing rent assistance
—Islamic Relief USA donors also helped provide about 5 forty-foot containers of additional emergency relief supplies, which include 24,000 lbs of powdered milk, nearly 4,500 hygiene kits, 9,600 blankets, 2,760 pairs of winter boots and more than 3,000 pairs of shoes, nearly 3,400 school kits, and more than 20,000 coats.

Helping Syrians in LebanonIn Lebanon, here are some of the ways Islamic Relief donors have supported Syrian refugees and host families:



—Winterization effort that provides blankets, mattresses, heaters, fuel, tarps and winter clothing to displaced families to protect against the cold to some 5,000 individuals for six months.
—Enhanced kidney dialysis services to some 30 patients per month (both Syrian and Palestinian refugees) in Al Beddawi camp.
—Providing psychosocial support and formal education to Syrian refugee children—this initiative is part of the No Lost Generation strategy, spearheaded by a host of international NGOs.

—Ramadan food packages were distributed in 2011, 2012, 2013, and 2014.
—Udhiyah/Qurbani packages were distributed in 2011, 2012, 2013, and 2014.

—Distributed food parcels: rice, sugar, lentils, peas, tomato sauce, noodles, pasta, beans, oil, halawa, salt, water, bread, halal luncheon meats, tea
—Distributed hygiene products: shampoo, soap, detergent, facial tissues, toothpaste
—Provided items, such as diapers, for babies, and clothing for families
—Provided mattresses and blankets
—Distributed kitchen sets
—Provided heaters and candles
—Provided mosquito repellants

***While the situation inside and around Syria is volatile and could change, Islamic Relief is making every effort to accomplish its goal to of delivering aid items to those who need it most. If changing conditions in the region make this impossible, however, Islamic Relief USA will provide assistance to address a similar need, and will update you—our generous donors—on the situation as quickly as possible.

Reports, Radio-A-Thons, Telethons and More

Islamic Relief USA published these reports and hosted these radio-a-thons and telethons to inform the community of the situation, and to help garner support for humanitarian efforts:


  • Donor Report, Syrian Humanitarian Emergency Update This report outlines how IRUSA donors have been supporting efforts for Syrians in need since emergency efforts began in 2011. It was last updated January 2015.
  • #WithSyria Global Vigil for Syria 2014 IRUSA and some 100 groups across 30 countries worked together March 10-15 to hold vigils, artistic projection campaigns, tea light ceremonies, and more to show every child, woman and man affected by the conflict that we stand with them.
  • “Yarmouk: How Much Longer?” IRUSA and many other humanitarian groups supported this Thunderclap to demand access for humanitarian aid for those in Yarmouk and elsewhere.


  • “Journal from the Field: Syrian Humanitarian Relief” IRUSA’s Ahmed Shehata offers a brief glimpse into the conditions facing Syrian refugees in Lebanon during his time in the field.
  • “Life in a Leather Factory” Mustafa and his father Abdel Rahim escaped violence in Syria only to find themselves seeking refugee in a leather factory in Lebanon. Read their story, and about how your donations are helping them.
  • “Mahmoud Needed Surgery to Save His Life” Islamic Relief USA’s urgent medical assistance for Syrian refugees in Jordan has helped young Mahmoud. Read about this brave little boy’s journey from Syria to Jordan, and how your donations helped save his life.
  • Infographic This info graphic depicts how Islamic Relief donors have been able to assist more than 1 Million Syrian refugees during the first two years of the conflict.


  • “IRUSA CEO Visits Syrian Refugees, Jordanian Officials” Former IRUSA CEO’s first-hand account of conditions facing Syrian refugees in Jordan during his visit in 2012.
  • Report from the Field Islamic Relief USA disseminated this report on Aug. 10, 2012, to coincide with the Day of Solidarity with the Syrian People and to provide its community with information straight from the field about conditions facing Syrian refugees in Lebanon at that time.
  • Radio-A-Thon for Syria on OneLegacyRadio On Saturday, Aug. 11, 2012, Islamic Relief USA, Maher Zain, Omar Offendum and countless others participated in a radio-a-thon on to raise awareness and support for Syrians in need. IRUSA’s Ridwan Adhami also called in, live from the field in Jordan, to provide a firsthand account of conditions facing Syrian refugees.
  • “In Solidarity with Syria with Shaikh Mohammad Al-Areefi” June 2 on Iqraa-TV On Saturday, June 2, 2012, Islamic Relief USA, Shaikh Mohammed Al-Areefi and Iqraa TV Channel hosted a telethon dedicated to bringing awareness and support for Syrian refugees in need. The show was broadcast on
  • “Opening Our Hearts for Syrian Refugees” Webinar with Al Maghrib Institute On Sunday, April 1, 2012, Islamic Relief USA and Al Maghrib Institute hosted a Webinar dedicated to bringing awareness and support to Syrian refugees who have fled to other countries to escape violence in their own.

How You Can Help

Here are three ways you can help efforts like these.


by organizing and attending local fundraisers that support IRUSA’s efforts.


by sharing information about IRUSA’s efforts with your social media networks.


to the Syrian Humanitarian Relief fund to support this effort.