Thanks to the support of donors like you, in October we were able to help Yemenis across the country by distributing food baskets to families in need, supporting orphans, and helping the country in its fight against COVID-19.
Humanitarian relief in Yemen
On October 27, the United Nations reported that the rate of malnutrition in Yemen increased 10% and, according to data from the Southern governorates, 100,000 children are at risk of dying without support. In Hajjah, Doctors without Borders reported a 30% increase in hospitalized children with malnutrition; yet international aid agencies are reducing their operations in Yemen, leaving millions without food.
In October 2020, we distributed food for the entire month to 2,190 families — totaling 13,140 members. We focused on the neediest and internally displaced people in Taiz, Hamadan, Sana’a, and hard-to-reach areas such as Jabal Sabir, Almawsaed, Almaafer, Saada, Amakhader in Ibb, as well as areas with high levels of malnutrition such as Zabid, Hodeida and Hajjah.
Orphan support in Yemen
The war in Yemen has killed thousands — resulting in many orphaned children. According to local statistics, there are over 1.1 million orphans in Yemen who have no one to provide them with financial support for essential items such as food, clothing, and school costs. In October 2020, we sponsored 400 children for the whole month in multiple districts in several Governorates including Aden, Sana’a, Taiz, Hajjah, Hudaydah, Ibb, Amran, Albaydha, Dhamar, Saada, and others. These funds are used to purchase food, support housing costs, and help with medical expenses.
COVID-19 support and relief in Yemen
COVID-19 cases are rising around the globe and Yemen is no different. Scientists are predicting an increase in cases during the winter months, which will coincide with the flu and pneumonia seasons. To date, the COVID-19 case fatality rate in Yemen is 29% — one of the highest in the world. OCHA believes that the number of cases and deaths reported are an underestimate because of the lack of testing capabilities and many people are delaying seeking treatment because of stigma and difficulty funding and accessing healthcare.
In an effort to support the COVID-19 response efforts in Yemen, we distributed 50,000 reusable masks in Sana’a and also distributed medical supplies to the COVID-19 isolation center in Abs, Hajjah. Supplies included:
- 5,000 face masks
- 10,000 medical gloves
- 1,000 bottles of hand sanitizer (100ml each)
- 5,000 headcovers
- 5,000 shoe covers
Thanks for supporting our aid efforts in Yemen
Thanks to your donations, thousands of families and children were able to sleep, orphans were able to get the financial support they need, and families across the country are benefiting from sheep, hens, and roosters for income generation.
If you’d like to continue supporting our efforts, consider making a recurring $50 donation to support a family of 6 for one month.
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