Mercy-USA’s winter fuel program helps everyone from Syrian farmers harvesting their olive trees to babies being kept warm by the stove this winter.With the help of the United Nations and our donors, Mercy-USA for Aid and Development is providing innovative eco-friendly winter heating fuel to approximately 4,000 Syrian families who are displaced from their homes living in rural informal camps and collective shelters in northern Syria.
This is the third year in a row we are helping families in Syria stay warm where the winters are unbearable without a heating source. We’re proud to provide families with a fuel source that helps the local Syrian economy, is good for the environment and is better for the health and well-being of children and their families.
Syrian olive farmers depend on a good harvest and a good price for their crop. If they press their own oil, they now have a market for the pulp by-product. Oil producers are doing the same, resulting in a positive impact for Northern Syria’s regional economy.
The waste that comes from olive oil production can now be manufactured into a cleaner burning bio-mass fuel which keeps mountains of olive skin and pit waste out of landfills.
In northern Syria, internally displaced families are living day-to-day in tented encampments and collective shelters without reliable access to basic services.
Families are often forced to burn trash, including toxic materials in order to boil drinking water, cook or stay warm in the winter. The fuel we distribute burns hotter and cleaner.
Tent homes in Syria will stay warmer with the fuel we’re distributing this winter. No more burning plastic or trash to stay warm.