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KHALID MOHAMMED: "WE STARTED SAVING THE FIREWOOD MONEY TO BUY OTHER NEEDS SUCH AS FOOD AND CHILDREN'S CLOTHES."

Khalid Muhammad with his children in the tent next to thier stove

 

Escaping the destruction and bombing, many displaced people were driven away from their homes and villages to look for a safe shelter, but only to be faced with the endless difficulties of displacement and the harsh living conditions in informal settlements. Finding a tent or the remains of a house is enough for many IDPs in Northern Syria to consider themselves among the “lucky” ones, yet the winter there is harsh, particularly when most IDPs do not have the means to obtain heaters and heating fuel.

This is the case of Khaled Muhammad, a displaced person from the Al-Ghab, who said: “I have been living in this tent for four years, water is leaking on us, and the tent's fabric is completely worn out from inside and outside .. In order to save fuel, we only fired the stove in the morning and had to sleep early at night because we couldn’t fire it for long hours."

“I have been living in this tent for four years, water is leaking on us, and the tent's fabric is completely worn out from inside and outside .. In order to save fuel, we only fired the stove in the morning and had to sleep early at night because we couldn’t fire it for long hours," 

Khaled Muhammad, an IDP from the Al-Ghab

To address this problem, Binaa for Development, with the support of the Global Communities Foundation, launched a set of initiatives to alleviate the suffering of the displaced during the winter, the most important of which was the distribution of winter aid consisting of stoves and heating fuel.

This aid included the distribution of 113 heaters, six thousand tons of coal, and nearly half a million liters of diesel fuel, to a total of 8,500 beneficiary families in 29 camps in Idlib.

Mr. Khaled Mohamed was among the beneficiaries. He described how this aid changed his living conditions saying: "once we were able to fire the stoves for longer times, our conditions became better. Thank God, now we have a sufficient amount of coal and it is of a good quality”.

“The aid we received helped us financially as well, because it enabled us to save some money to buy other needs such as food and children's clothes. Our children now feel warmer, and their illnesses is quite less frequent," he added.  

“The aid we received helped us financially as well, because it enabled us to save some money to buy other needs such as food and children's clothes. Our children now feel warmer, and their illnesses is quite less frequent,"