One of the world's worst humanitarian disasters continues to play out in Yemen, where 24 million people, about 80 percent of the population, are in need of aid and protection. The country is home to more than 2.5 million displaced people and is on the brink of famine. In addition to war, displacement and economic decline, repeated flooding and the spread of diseases such as cholera, dengue and malaria are compounding the people's plight.
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Infectious diseases can spread rapidly, especially where many people live together in a confined space. To prevent this, educational work is necessary. That is why we are training 50 volunteers to become hygiene advisors.
As part of the project, we are working with our partners to train 50 community volunteers as hygiene advisors. "Hygiene advisors are important multipliers in the communities," explains Nina Skandalaki. "It is not enough to simply build latrines. It is important to create awareness among all residents to use only sanitary facilities and to stop defecating in the open. This is the only way to prevent infectious disease outbreaks in the long run."
The fully trained community helpers go from house to house educating families on important hygiene practices. For example, they explain how flies transmit diseases from excrement to food.
The conflict in Yemen, which has been ongoing since 2015, has plunged the country into immeasurable hardship: Of a population of 30.5 million, more than 20 million are dependent on humanitarian aid. According to the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP), more than 16 million people in Yemen suffer from acute hunger (as of Dec. 2021). Around 2 million children under the age of five are malnourished and thus particularly vulnerable to disease. We are on the ground with our partner organizations to fight hunger and prevent the spread of disease
The people in Yemen need our help. Thank you so much for continuous support with donations.
Yours, Michael Tuerk
The war in Yemen has destroyed the livelihoods of the population, such as livestock and fishing. Due to a lack of income, millions of people are no longer able to cover their food needs adequately. Hunger and malnutrition have increased steadily in recent years. More than seven million people are now in need of food aid. The lives of the most vulnerable are particularly at risk: around 2 million children under the age of five are undernourished and therefore particularly susceptible to disease.
"It's not easy to admit that you can't feed your family"
Hassan is 66 years old, is married and has a total of eight children. Before the conflict began, he lived with his family in the Bajiil district of Al Hodaydah. Hassan was a cab driver there, and his income was enough for the family to live on. But with the war came suffering, fear and terror into the family's life. "So we decided to flee," he says. "We couldn't take anything of our belongings with us." First, they fled to Dhamar, where they survived for three months under the most difficult circumstances. In search of safety, they moved on to Bayhan in Shabwa County and found a tent, where they have lived ever since. "It's not easy to admit that you can't feed your family," Hassen says. He had to struggle to feed his family every day by working odd jobs.
The family's situation only improved when Hassan became part of the cash-for-work program of the partner organization Yemen Family Care Association (YFCA for short). He became part of the cleaning campaign that improved the living conditions of those in need and received cash assistance. "Through the program, I was finally able to meet my family's basic needs and buy food such as rice, flour, sugar, oil and vegetables. For that, I am very grateful."
With the Cash for Work program, beneficiaries like Hassan and his family can survive with dignity and decide their own purchasing priorities.
Nutritional aid through cash transfers and cash-for-work
An important component of the project is also nutritional assistance for more than 2,300 families. In Shabwa, 585 families receive cash assistance so they can buy urgently needed food.
1,150 other families are also taking part in a cash-for-work program lasting several months. In Marib, too, around 600 households are receiving support in the form of cash transfers to help them obtain basic foodstuffs.
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Six years after the start of the civil war, Yemen remains in a severe humanitarian crisis that directly threatens people's lives and has a devastating impact on basic services for the population. We are on the ground with our partner organizations to fight hunger and prevent the spread of disease.
According to UN figures, 43 percent of the population in Shabwa County lack access to basic water and sanitation, and food aid is also urgently needed. In addition, nearly 5,000 families live in Shabwa who have been displaced from other regions of the country due to the war. (as of November 2021).
What we do
In order to create permanent access to clean drinking water, five drinking water facilities in the project area are being rehabilitated and the associated pipes repaired. 1,500 families receive vouchers for water canisters. Water filters will also be distributed.
In addition, water filters are distributed and local water committees are trained to monitor water quality and maintain the technical facilities. Almost 15,000 families benefit from improved access to drinking water.
More than 4,600 families benefit from access to sanitation and improved hygiene skills. Family latrines are being built for 150 particularly needy households. In addition, 1,500 families receive vouchers for hygiene kits.
To improve the nutritional situation in the project area, 900 families participate in a cash-for-work program, and another 300 families receive cash assistance to cover their food needs.
Qadria and her family had a good life. The 20-year-old lived with her brother and mother in the Nihm district. They lived in a small house and Qadria had work: she painted women and girls with henna at wedding celebrations. Everything suddenly changed because of the war.
The family's life changed radically when the war reached their hometown. Their house was destroyed and they had to flee. "No roof protected us from the sun, no walls from the wind. We slept on the bare earth," the young woman recounts of her flight. Like so many, they fled to Marib province, to Al Gufeinah camp, a settlement for displaced people. There they persevered in a dilapidated and leaky tent that barely protected them from the elements. "It was a terrible time." At least she received help from our partner organization in Yemen..
Qadria received cash assistance for herself and her family and materials to repair the dilapidated tent. "I was very excited when I received the aid. I was finally able to help my family. Now our tent is finally tight and gives us some warmth and shelter." Thanks to this support, the family can now meet their basic needs necessary for survival.
As you perhaps know the situation in Yemen is extraordinary. This is the most severe humanitarian disaster in the world. Your support secures lives and helps us continue our humanitarian work in Yemen.
Thank you so much!
Yours Michael Tuerk
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