Contribution to UNHRC's Winterization Work in Syria (in the Framework of the Revised Syria Humanit. Assist. Response Plan 2013)

Contract partner: UNHCR - United Nations High Commissioner for RefugeesCountry: Syrien Funding amount: € 650.000,00Project start: 01.01.2013End: 30.06.2013

Short Description:

Overall goal

With the onset of winter, temperatures in Syria have dropped considerably and fallen below freezing in parts of the country. For tens of thousands of families, winter is bringing additional hardship. Infants, children and IDPs are particularly vulnerable, many of them living in inadequate shelters with limited or no heating and without means to purchase essential clothing or other items.

UN agencies have designed a “winterization package” of prioritized activities falling under the umbrella of the Syria Humanitarian Assistance Response Plan. This package focuses on the following:

• Distribution of essential items such as blankets, rugs, winter quilts, mattresses, plastic sheeting and warm winter clothes, especially for children.

• Light rehabilitation of about 100 collective shelters, including repairs of floors, ceilings, windows and doors.

• Provision of 120 tents and prefabricated classrooms to enable a safe and warm learning environment and recreational spaces for children.

• Distribution of one-off cash assistance to IDPs to ensure immediate domestic and shelter needs are met.

• Flu vaccines, medicines and support to medical personnel to better manage illnesses that tend to increase in frequency during the cold season.

• Livestock support including animal feed and other assistance targeting vulnerable households, especially female-headed households and poor pastoral families.

• Support to collective shelters including heaters and fuel for heaters in communal areas.

With regard to Winterization activities inside Syria, UNCHR targets 200.000 beneficiaries.

UNHCR's total financial requirements for its work inside Syria are at US 82,925,000. The current funding for Winterization activities stands at USD 18,316,000, with a funding shortfall of an additional USD 14,084,000.

project number2694-03/2013
source of fundingAKF
sector Humanitäre Hilfe: Sofortmaßnahmen
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