Communities living in remote parts of Azad Jammu & Kashmir face harsh winters with few resources and little to no means of generating income during this time of year. Leepa valley is one such area, which is situated on the Line of Control (LoC) between Pakistan and India. People face multiple issues such as lack of health facilities and medical staff, cross-border firing resulting in the loss of life and property, water access, and limited economic opportunities.
The situation is further aggravated during peak winters, whe nthe valley receives heavy snowfall which sometimes block the connection with other areas and restrict people to their houses.
Islamic Relief Pakistan distributed winterisation kits to help local communitiescope during the challenging weather conditions. The kits comprised of warm quilts, blankets, sweaters, shawls, cotton mattresses and plastic floor mats. More than 600 families from different villages of the valley benefitted from the intervention.