Over 4 million children have been affected by the conflict in Syria, which is now well into its third year. Nearly 3 million of these children and their families had to flee their homes, leaving them without access to basic services like healthcare and education. They have lost their homes, and many are living in makeshift shelters or refugee camps in neighboring countries including Lebanon, Iraq, Jordan, Turkey and Egypt. This leaves many of them unprepared for the cold winter months.
We know that today our community is counting on us to go beyond giving and to really make a positive impact on people and business everywhere. That’s why TOMS is proud to support Giving Partners like the Save the Children and the U.S. Fund for UNICEF in their efforts to support and provide relief to Syrian refugee children and their families. As part of their relief efforts in providing basic supplies, TOMS is giving new Winter Boots to children living in refugee camps in Iraq, Lebanon and Jordan.
The U.S. Fund for UNICEF is providing TOMS Winter Boots as part of their winterization kits for children in Iraq and Lebanon. Other supplies in these kits include winter clothing and blankets. The U.S. Fund for UNICEF has also helped install heaters and water boilers in refugee camps. And Save the Children is also hard at work aiding children living in the Za’atari Refugee Camp in Jordan. Save the Children is distributing TOMS Winter Boots in their “child friendly spaces” that provide children with a safe outlet to play, study and cope with the uncertainty around them.
The boots are part of a larger, region-wide effort TOMS is undertaking with Giving Partners to help improve the lives of Syrian children in refugee camps and communities affected by the crisis. Over time, we’ll continue to share stories about TOMS’ impact in the refugee camps our Giving Partners are serving.
To learn more about the ongoing crisis in Syria, visit the following links:
>> U.S. Fund for UNICEF: Syria Crisis FAQ
>> Save the Children: Help & Hope for Syrian Children and Refugees