Yemen continues to face the world’s worst humanitarian crisis, including increasing rates of famine and COVID-19 cases. Thanks to the support of donors like you, in November we were able to distribute food baskets to families in need, support orphaned children, aid in the response against COVID-19, and distribute school supplies to children across the country.
Humanitarian relief in Yemen
On December 3, the UN reported that a new Integrated Food Security Phase Classification (IPC) analysis found areas of Yemen that are now experiencing famine-like conditions, Phase 5, for the first time in two years. The UN warns that the number of people experiencing Phase 5 food insecurity could nearly triple, from 16,500 to 47,000, and that the number of people experiencing Phase 4 food insecurity could increase from 3.6 million to 5 million in the first half of 2021.
To support families facing food insecurity and potential death due to starvation, we distributed food baskets with essential food items for the entire month to 2,100 families with 12,600 family members, living in areas identified by UNICEF as experiencing severe food insecurity in Sanaa, Almaafer, Alhaimah Aldakhilia, Khamer, Alkhafr, Alduraihimi, Almetoon, Alshahel, Belad Alteam, and Zoraekhat Alsham.
Orphan support in Yemen
The war in Yemen has led to the death of thousands across the country, leaving many children orphaned. Local organizations estimate that there are 1.1 million orphaned children in Yemen who need financial support for essential items such as food, clothing, and school costs. This month we financially supported 400 orphaned children, helping to provide them with essential items, housing, and medical services.
COVID-19 support and relief in Yemen
COVID-19 has continued to spread throughout Yemen, compounding the suffering experienced by many Yemeni citizens and putting increased pressure on a damaged healthcare system. The COVID-19 case fatality rate, at 28%, remains much higher than the global average, and scientists predict that cases will increase in the upcoming winter months.
To support the COVID-19 response effort, we supplied the Isolation Center in Hodeidah City with the following medical supplies in November 2020:
- 1,024 face shields
- 2,000 medical masks
- 1,000 reusable washable masks
- 200 protective suits
- 10 reusable medical respirators with 3M filters
- 10 reusable shoes
School supply distribution in Yemen
Many schools in Yemen have been damaged due to the war, and many families are not able to provide essential school items for their children. To combat this struggle, we distributed 2,503 school bags with essential supplies to children in Aljawaf, Almakhader Ibb, Almisrakh, Alsadah Ibb, Dhamar, Hodeidah, Jabal Sabir, Rada Albaida, Sana’a, and Taiz City.
Thanks for supporting our aid efforts in Yemen
Thanks to your donations, thousands of families were able to eat, orphans were able to get the financial support they need, health workers fighting COVID-19 were able to get essential medical supplies, and thousands of children are able to attend school with the supplies they need.
If you’d like to continue supporting our efforts, consider making a recurring $45 donation to support a family of 6 for one month.
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