Over the last three months, we have been hard at work on the ground in Yemen. The situation in the country remains dire on multiple fronts. First, the value of the Yemeni rial plummeted — pushing more Yemenis to the brink. Second, coronavirus continues to spread around the world, and Yemen is one of the most vulnerable countries in the world due to the war, now in its seventh year.
Between May and July, the Yemen Relief and Reconstruction Foundation implemented a number of activities — including distributing food baskets, providing financial support to orphans and families in need, supporting vocational training, empowering families with income generation projects, covering medical expenses for families in need, building water tanks and trucking clean water, and more.
Distributing food baskets in Yemen
Between May and July, we distributed food baskets to 11,211 families benefiting over 67,000 individuals, across over 30 cities in Yemen, including Aden, Radaa, Dhamar, Ibb, Taiz, Hadramout, Sana’a. These food baskets sustain families for one month at a time when over 75% of the population lives below the poverty line. We also provided support to 4 food banks feeding 5,000 people a day.
Providing financial support and vocational training to orphans in Yemen
The ongoing war in Yemen has left more than 1 million children without a proper support. In fact, 1.2 million children have been reported in 2019 as orphans in Yemen — from which less than 5% have been sponsored.
Our orphan projects provide sustainable support for families caring for orphans less than 18 years of age across Yemen. Without this support, these families would be struggling to feed their members, as they have lost the sole provider for the family.
Between May and July, we provided financial support to an average of 696 orphans per month, and our orphans roaster is increasing. We also offered vocational training to 58 orphans between the ages of 14-18 in several cities. The training included computer literacy, cell phones repairs, and solar panel installation, maintenance and repair. These topics have a good employment opportunities, preparing the children for potential job opportunities as they graduate from high school or increase their chances of being accepted at universities.
Launching income generation projects and distributing meat
In addition to distributing food baskets, another way we provide economic self reliance to families by increasing our income-generating projects. Between May and July, we distributed sheep and chicken to 95 families. During Eid Al-Adha festival, we distributed meat to 6500 families throughout Yemen. This is most likely, the only time these families have had meats in their homes the whole year.
Providing medical assistance to needy families in Yemen
Due to the ongoing war and humanitarian and economic crisis, the majority of people in Yemen lack access to medicine or funds to purchase medicine that is too expensive given the restrictions of imports. Between May and July, we provided medical support to 6 families in need so that they can get the health services and medicine they need to survive.
Building water tanks to deliver clean water in Yemen
An estimated 18 million people in Yemen lack access to clean of water, sanitation, and hygiene assistance — making clean and safe drinking water crucial for the health and survival of children and their families and for preventing cholera. Between May and July, we provided 9 poor neighborhoods in Yemen with water tanks and truck water daily to these areas so that they can have access to clean water. An estimated 1500 persons benefit from our access to clean water projects per day.
Thanks for supporting our aid efforts in Yemen
Thanks to all our donors for the support. 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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