Throughout the year many families and elderly struggle to make ends meet, but the situation is especially difficult in winter, when more food needs to be bought as nothing grows on the fields and the bitter cold requires extra expenses for heating and warm clothes. Every winter we meet some of these needs through our winter relief projects. One such project provides winter clothes and boots for children from poor families. Besides protecting them from the cold, this also affects other areas of their lives (e.g. children who have no warm clothes or proper shoes might be kept at home and not go to school during winter, thus falling behind in their education). Another winter project supplies families and elderly with food parcels which they receive over a period of four months. Others in need receive firewood so they can heat their houses.
All of this aid is distributed through local churches, who visit the recipients and can follow up on them, while it also gives these people someone local they feel they can turn to.