As Syrians have fled to new cities or villages, they’ve settled where they can — often in abandoned or unfinished buildings with little heating.

For the last three winters, MCC has supported projects in Jordan, Iraq, Lebanon and Syria to reach out to those displaced by unrest in Syria and in Iraq with items like winter clothing, heaters, fuel and blankets. In the Kurdistan Region of Iraq, Syrian refugees Asad, 12, and Hassan, 10, whose last names aren’t used because of security concerns, help their families carry winter clothes home from an MCC-funded distribution.

Many families were able to carry little with them as they fled home, and the conflict has lasted long enough that children are outgrowing or wearing out whatever winter clothes their families could bring.