More than 455,000 vulnerable people are to receive vital items to help them survive the harsh winter weather, thanks to big-hearted Islamic Relief supporters. Among them are people like Suggani, 73, who faces a bleak winter in Nepal.
“My husband and I get some money from the social security fund from the government which helps us survive,” says Suggani. “We also work as labourers to earn money when we can.
“We own a small piece of land near a riverbank, but we are unable to grow crops as flooding destroys our crops during the rainy season. We don’t have a proper home, we live in a hut which cannot protect us from the cold, wind, or rain.”
The older couple’s lives become even more difficult when temperatures plummet at winter.
“During the winter our life gets very hard due to the extreme cold. We cannot wake up early and work outside. We spend time in our hut, we light a fire in the nearby field to help warm our bodies. As we have grown old the winters have become hard for us. Winter is an enemy for people in their old age like us: we get sick, and our lives become more painful than normal.”
The winter survival items the couple received from Islamic Relief last year made a big difference, Suggani says.
“The support we got from Islamic Relief helps poor people like us. We would not be able to afford such good quality winter kit, we can now have warm water and sleep in a warm bed. I would like to say thanks to all the people supporting us.”
This winter, more people than ever before are in desperate need. Islamic Relief is working tirelessly to ease their suffering by distributing vital winter survival items to vulnerable families in 17 countries.
Please help people like Suggani survive this season: give generously to our Winter Appeal.