Lebanon, November 2014 – More than one million refugees, displaced from the fighting in Syria, are bracing for another long, cold winter in Lebanon. To help girls and boys stay warm, UNICEF is distributing winter clothing kits to over 100,000 children in all informal settlements across the country, putting a priority on those who live in high altitude areas in the north and in the Bekaa Valley, where temperatures often drop below zero.
As refugee families struggle to meet their basic needs, UNICEF will also provide vouchers to 75,000 Lebanese children under the age of 15 and their families so they can purchase winter clothes.
To keep classrooms warm, UNICEF will deliver fuel to approximately 300 formal schools. In addition, the UN agency will provide plastic sheeting and insulation to tented UNICEF classrooms and child friendly spaces for 105,000 Syrian, Lebanese and Palestinian school children.
The UNICEF response in Lebanon also marks the trial of a new, innovative system to improve coordination and reporting, called “UniSupply”. The new application, utilizing a barcoded card which is given to each household, will help UNICEF reach children with warm clothes even if they migrate between tented settlements, as well as provide for registered and non-registered refugee children.
Find out more about UNICEF’s regional winter response: http://childrenofsyria.info/winter/