As Temperatures Get Lower, the Risk Only Rises for Shatha and Her Family 

After a harrowing winter experience last year, Shatha’s comments are anything but hyperbolic. They are rooted in a legitimate, deep-seated fear of re-witnessing her mattresses, carpets, and bed covers destroyed due to overflooding. She is extremely worried about her 6 family members including sick elderly and school-age children lacking the proper warmth to sleep through 90 nights of bitter cold. Shatha is the sole provider for her family: “I am responsible for providing everything for my family, including food, rent,

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Bitter cold winter nights: how your Zakat will bring hope and alleviate suffering.

“Winter assistance will be like a blessing to me; without it, the situation will be very hard”. Huda, Syrian refugee in Lebanon With these words, Huda answered our question, “How is winter assistance essential and helpful to you?” For refugee families, winter is not just the weather and seasonal change, it’s a set of evolving challenges of hardships. In reality, words fall short when we try to convey the reality and harshness of winter on refugee families. How can we

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Cholera Outbreak in Lebanon

Current Situation  Following the first reported cholera case in Lebanon, the Ministry of Public Health (MoPH) declared a cholera outbreak on 6 October 2022. Cholera is an acute diarrheal infection caused by ingesting contaminated food or water. It can spread rapidly in areas with inadequate access to safe water, sanitation, and health care. Vulnerable populations living in inadequate shelters with limited access to basic services are at heightened risk to be exposed to cholera. This includes refugees living in informal

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1.2 Million People Benefited from Zakat and Sadaqah Funds

On October 12th 2022, UNHCR launched its Islamic Philanthropy Mid-Year Report 2022 in partnership with Zakat House of Kuwait. The report highlights the impact of Zakat and Sadaqah funds received by UNHCR through the Refugee Zakat Fund during the first half of this year. You can now watch a video clip that summarizes the report’s key highlights and shows the number of refugee and internally displaced beneficiaries in 20 countries across Asia, Africa, and the Middle East – whose total number

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Weeks After Extreme Weather Conditions, People in Pakistan still Suffer the Consequences

Since June 2022, Pakistan has been suffering from extreme monsoon weather. As of September 1st, rainfall patterns in the country stand at 2.87 times the national 30-year average. This has resulted in massive flooding and landslides – with devastating effects on human life, property, and infrastructure. To date, 80 districts across Pakistan have been declared ‘calamity-hit’ by the government. These figures remain in flux due to the ongoing weather changes, and the number of calamity-declared districts is only expected to rise. Having already possessed one of the largest

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