Leila Sika, 5, holds a bag of winter clothes that were just purchased by her mother, Kawser, 23. Kawser, a mother of three from near Idlib in Syria, has just bought purchased the clothes with a $40 voucher supplied by Oxfam, with the assistance of partner agency JAK, in Qalamoun, north Lebanon, on December 26, 2013.
Kawser, her husband, sons Abdul Brahim, 2, (yellow top) Hassan, 4, and daughter, Leila, 5, live in a three storey building that is home to 13 refugee families, on the road to the town of Barghon, in northern Lebanon. Five families live on her floor and her family of five live in one room, about three meters by four. They have been here since fleeing the conflict in Syria a year ago.
Kawser said this is the first time she has been able to give her three children new clothes since they arrived in Lebanon.
She told Oxfam: “The clothes in Lebanon are so expensive I can’t afford to buy them for my children.”
This has become a problem as winter approaches, she explained: “It’s too cold. We don’t have stoves or any heaters and the windows are not fixed”
With the $40 voucher she received from Oxfam, Kawser was able to buy warm clothes and better help her children face the coming winter months. Funding for the winter clothes vouchers was provided through the generous support of UNICEF.