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Humanitarian Relief for Yemen

by Yemen Relief and Reconstruction Foundation
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Humanitarian Relief for Yemen
Humanitarian Relief for Yemen
Humanitarian Relief for Yemen
Humanitarian Relief for Yemen
Humanitarian Relief for Yemen
Humanitarian Relief for Yemen
Humanitarian Relief for Yemen
Humanitarian Relief for Yemen
Humanitarian Relief for Yemen
Humanitarian Relief for Yemen
Humanitarian Relief for Yemen
Humanitarian Relief for Yemen
Humanitarian Relief for Yemen
Humanitarian Relief for Yemen
Humanitarian Relief for Yemen
Humanitarian Relief for Yemen
Humanitarian Relief for Yemen

Several encouraging Yemen-related developments occurred last spring–first, the announcement of a two-month truce in April, the resumption of commercial flights out of Sana’a, and fuel ships being allowed into the country. Late in May, several members of the U.S. House of Representatives introduced a War Powers Resolution for Yemen; this was later followed by corresponding actions in the Senate. Earlier this month, the truce, which has held since April, was formally extended for another two months

These developments are encouraging, and certainly a step in the right direction. Yemen continues to face an unprecedented humanitarian crisis, with over 17 million people facing acute food insecurity (projected to increase to 19 million by the end of the year). The local currency has collapsed in many parts of Yemen, and as such, basic necessities like food and medicine are out of reach of most Yemenis. The need remains immense. 

Over the past four months, thanks to the generosity of donors like you, YRRF was able to expand the scope of our work and deliver lifesaving humanitarian aid to more people in Yemen. Please read on for a more detailed summary of our accomplishments during this period. 

Distributing Food Baskets 

Between April and July 2022, YRRF distributed 13,674 food baskets benefitting 95,718 individuals. These distributions occurred in districts across the country, including Sana’a, Taiz, Hadramout, Dhamar, Ibb, Aden and Aljawf. 

        

Supporting Orphans in Yemen & Providing Financial Assistance

The ongoing war in Yemen has orphaned an estimated 1.2 million children. YRRF’s orphan support program provides sustainable support for 900 orphans monthly under 18 years of age. This support allows families to access minimum basic needs, such as food, shelter, education for the children, and healthcare. Without this support, these families would be homeless and struggling to feed their members as many have lost their sole provider. YRRF also distributed two water tanks (500 liters each) to an orphanage in Sana’a. 

In addition, YRRF provided emergency financial support to 361 people and supported five medical cases. 

    

Expanding Income Generation Projects

Income generation projects provide a sustainable source of income for Yemeni families. Between April and July, YRRF distributed 270 sheep, 300 hens, and 50 honeybee hives to families across Yemen.  

In addition, YRRF provided educational opportunities for women across Yemen. YRRF sponsors 20 girls undertaking a midwifery diploma in three governorates across Yemen. In June, YRRF provided a training course for 1,500 women and girls in Tareem, Hadhramout Governorate. This 45-day training course provided instruction in nursing and first aid, handicraft production, sewing, and hairdressing. 

        

Ramadan & Eid al-Adha Activities 

The holy month of Ramadan took place in April and May. During this month, YRRF provided 1,060 iftar (breaking of the fast) dinners at two orphanages, as well as 50 food baskets to ten charity kitchens in Sana’a. In July, during Eid al-Adha, YRRF distributed meat to 6,949 families, benefitting 48,643 individuals in 15 governorates across Yemen. YRRF also distributed meat to a charity kitchen in Sana’a.

    

Due to the end of the truce, we anticipate rapidly worsening conditions in Yemen, which has already been plunged into an unprecedented humanitarian crisis. 17 million people are facing acute food insecurity, and this number is expected to increase to 19 million people by the end of the year. The need is immense, and YRRF has been receiving official requests for support that we are unfortunately unable to respond to due to limited resources. 

We are committed to Yemen, and the Yemeni people, until there is a just and lasting peace. We will continue our critical humanitarian aid work. Updates on our work in Yemen can be found below. 

Food Basket Distribution

In August and September, YRRF delivered 6,177 food baskets across Yemen, benefitting 43,239 individuals. 97% of our food basket distribution costs are spent on food, and only 3% on logistics including delivery. 

Supporting Orphans 

An estimated 1.2 million children have been orphaned by the war in Yemen. YRRF supported 932 orphans in both August and September–this support enables access to basic necessities such as food, shelter, education and healthcare. 

Income Generation Projects

In many parts of Yemen, the local currency has collapsed, making basic necessities out of reach for most Yemeni families. In addition to food baskets, YRRF supports Yemeni families by providing livestock for sustainable income generation. In August and September, YRRF distributed 165 sheep to 75 families in Alshahel, Almahaweet, and Sada’a. Additionally, we distributed 300 egg laying hens to 30 households in Taiz (with one rooster for each household). 

Education Support 

Over two million children are unable to attend school in Yemen, and those who are able to attend school are often attending school in makeshift schools, often outdoors without any proper equipment (chairs, blackboards, etc.) To encourage children to attend school, especially those in grades 1-9, YRRF distributes educational materials. In August and Sept

ember, we distributed educational materials to 300 intellectually disabled students at the Handicapped Development Society in Amanat Alasemah, and 5,860 school bags filled with notebooks, pens, rulers, pencils, sharpeners and erasers to schoolchildren. We have been able to distribute school bags in 15 governorates across Yemen.

Medical & Financial Support 

YRRF is currently supporting 20 girls from 3 governorates who are completing a three-year midwifery diploma. During August and September, YRRF also provided financial assistance in two cases of extreme need and assisted one individual in finances for an open-heart surgery. Additionally, YRRF supported 11 hospitals across Yemen with 818 boxes of medicine and medical equipment. 

Thank you for supporting our aid efforts in Yemen. 

We are grateful to all our donors for their support. Together we are making sure that the world does not forget about Yemen.  If you would like to continue supporting our efforts, consider making  recurring $50 donation to support a family of 6 for one month. 

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Earlier this year in January, tensions escalated in Yemen. For four days, most of Yemen was on Internet blackouts after air strikes damaged the National telecoms infrastructure in the city of Hodeida.

Three months later, the situation has worsened. The UN estimates that three in four people in Yemen — need humanitarian assistance and many are facing famine, and an estimated 2.3 million children are acutely malnourished. To make matters worse, the World Food Program said it was forced to reduce food rations for 8 million people in Yemen at the beginning of the year. “We have no choice but to take food from the hungry to feed the starving,” WFP executive director David Beasley said last month.

Over the last three months, YRRF has continued our programs in Yemen—from distributing food baskets and supporting orphans to launching long-term income-generating projects.

Distributing food in Yemen

Between January and March 2022, we distributed 8,317 food baskets—benefiting 58,219 people. These distributions occurred in dozens of districts across the country, including districts in Sana’a, Almahweet, Aljawf, Dhamar, Aden, Hodeida, Hajjah, Hadramout, Ibb, Raymah, Sada’a, and Taiz. We also donated food baskets to 5 charity food kitchens across the country.

Supporting orphans in Yemen and providing financial assistance

As we’ve mentioned in the past, the war in Yemen has orphaned an estimated 1.2 million children. Our orphan program provides sustainable support for families caring for orphans under 18 years of age. Between January and March 2022, we provided financial support to 2,726 orphans, averaging 908 orphas per month, so that they can meet their basic financial and educational needs.

We also provided financial and medical support to six people who were in dire need of assistance.

Launching income-generating projects in Yemen

Beyond providing direct aid, between January and March 2022, we launched three income-generating projects. We continued our existing program by distributing 90 sheep to families in need— each family received 3 sheep. We also distributed 90 honey bee hives to 30 families—each family received 3 honey bee hives. Beyond these two programs, we also distributed 35 sewing machines to women in need., and conducted sewing training for them. We supported the training of 60 women on midwifery practices. We also provided 60 orphans with training in computer programming, and cell phone repairs.

 

Providing clean water to people in Yemen

Clean water in Yemen is critical; in fact, Yemenis face a higher risk of contracting water-borne diseases. In December we distributed 103 water tanks—we estimate that 970 people will benefit from this project.

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Sheep Distribution - Income Generation
Sheep Distribution - Income Generation

Now at the end of the seventh year of war, Yemen remains the largest emergency globally, with 24 million people out of the population of 30.5 million in need of humanitarian assistance. The conflict has left 4 million people, 3.2 million of them are women and children, internally displaced, and at least 500,000 public sector workers have been without salaries for almost 6 years. Humanitarian access to vulnerable populations remains severely constrained with rising food insecurity, poor sanitation and lack of safe water.

2021 Highlights

  • 226,494 people (including 151,297 children) benefited from food baskets and 32,000 people received 2 kilograms of meat during major holidays.
  • 67 families received financial assistance towards healthcare and 520 visually impaired children received eye medicine.
  • 6,121 children received school bags holding school supplies and textbooks.
  • Over 200 medical and educational devices were distributed to schools and hospitals.
  • 900 orphans received sustained financial support and about 270 orphaned children attended vocational training and capacity building courses.
  • Sheep and hens were distributed to 455 families for income generation and sustenance. 
  • 14,142 blankets and pullovers were disturbed to help fight Yemen’s harsh winters.
  • Over 5,000 people now have daily access to clean drinking water via distribution of water tanks, filters, and buckets.
  • 100 families received Water Tanks to allow safe and clean water storage.
  • 500 families received water filters and buckets to ensure that they have access to clean water.

Food Security and Livelihoods

The Yemen Relief and Reconstruction Foundation (YRRF) provides food baskets to families in need, reaching the places that are often inaccessible. Each food basket supports an average Yemeni family of 6 for one month. During the reporting period from January to December 2021, 37,749 families received food baskets across 18 Governorates and 35 districts— benefiting 226,494 people, including 151,297 children—benefited from these food baskets.  

YRRF also supports local charitable bakeries and kitchens. During major holidays such as Feast of the Sacrifice, YRRF distributed 2 or more kilograms of meat per family. In 2021, we reached 4,587 families—amounting to over 32,000 people.

Health

COVID-19 has exacerbated the already dire situation in Yemen. The pandemic continues to exacerbate Yemen’s underlying vulnerabilities as it comes on top conflict, economic collapse, hunger, disease, and displacement. YRRF provided COVID-19 reagents to all public health labs in Yemen.

Only about 50% of health services in Yemen are operational due to the war. Furthermore, import restrictions and the economic crisis have made medicine extremely expensive and hard to attain. In 2021, the Yemen Relief and Reconstruction Foundation provided eye medication to 2 centers for the visually impaired in Sana’a, reaching 520 children. In December, we donated 35 medical devices to the Altahali Society for Disabled Girls and 5 boxes of medical equipment to the Alamal Mental Health Hospital. We also gave financial support to 67 families so they could procure essential health services and medicine. 

Education

The Yemen Relief and Reconstruction Foundation aims to support Yemeni children by distributing school supplies and school bags to families who cannot afford them. This includes printed textbooks, as many families cannot afford to print them. Through our volunteers and partners in the field, YRRF reached 6,121 children in regions ranging from the highlands of Hajjah and the seashores of Hudaydah to Al-Jawf and Saada areas that are experiencing active fighting. 

Between August and November, YRRF expanded its response to the need for educational support by donating 58 devices to a school for children with disabilities and 121 devices to a new school for gifted girls. In December, we donated a 65-inch smart-board to the High Institute of Health Science for use in educational classes. 

 

Orphan Support

The Yemen Relief and Reconstruction Foundation’s Orphans Project provides sustainable support for over 900 orphans less than 18 years of age across Yemen. This allows families to access minimum basic needs, such as food, shelter, education for the children, and healthcare. Without this support, these families would be homeless and struggling to feed their members as many have lost their sole provider.

In 2021, YRRF began vocational training and capacity building initiatives to orphaned children preparing them for jobs after high school or increasing their chances of university acceptance. Classes began in the first quarter of the year, where 25 older children learned basic computer skills. More were added in the following months on cell phone repair; solar panel installation, maintenance, and repair; and attaining an international computer license. A workshop on women’s empowerment was also held. In sum, 268 children benefited from these courses.   

 

Income-Generation 

The war has exacerbated food prices for a country that imports more than three-quarters of its food needs. Protein food sources have been especially affected, which heavily impact the poor and vulnerable. YRRF has multiple projects that aim to enable poor and vulnerable families in Yemen to generate income in a sustainable way in order to improve their food security, self-reliance, and dignity in a time of severe deprivation. In 2021, YRRF distributed sheep and hens to 155 families and 300 families, respectively. This livestock serves as a source of protein, nourishment, and income to families in need.

 

Winter Clothing 

There are now over 4 million internally displaced people in Yemen, most of whom lack protection against severe temperatures that can reach as low as –6°C. The Yemen Relief and Reconstruction Foundation distributes winter blankets and clothing to families and children who are not able to purchase their own. In 2021, we distributed a total of 14,142 blankets and pullovers to families and children in need. 

 

Water Projects

About 18 million people in Yemen lack access to water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) services. This puts them at risk of contracting water-borne diseases, such as cholera. YRRF provides safe and clean drinking water to neighborhoods daily to ensure the health of families and children. In total, we reached 13 neighborhoods across Yemen, helping over 5,000 people daily. YRRF also provided 100 water tanks to families in a mountainous area in Taiz so to allow for safe and clean storage of water. Finally, we distributed 500 water filters and 100 buckets to families in Saada to ensure access to clean water, as the community water system was damaged by airstrikes.

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Providing access to clean water
Providing access to clean water
Food Baskets
Food Baskets
Wintersupport
Wintersupport
Cultural baskets weaving training
Cultural baskets weaving training
Medical devices for mental health hospital
Medical devices for mental health hospital
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AlJirahi Hodeida
AlJirahi Hodeida

The period between August to October continued to be a challenging few months for Yemen. As the humanitarian crisis worsened leading to famine and extreme poverty, the value of the Yemeni rial continued to plummet and increasing fuel prices led to higher food prices and transportation costs. The need for assistance is immense and YRRF received many requests for support. 

During these three months, we continued to reach more people with essential aid. While maintaining our projects such as distributing food baskets and supporting orphans, we found successes in a few more areas: reaching schools and teachers, supporting individuals with physical disabilities, and providing aid to new areas that are difficult to access. 

Distributing food baskets

Between August and October, we distributed 9,602 food baskets across Yemen including Amanat Alasemah, Sana’a, Taiz, Ibb, Hodeidah, Aden, Lahj, Saada, Almahweet, Hajjah, and more. These reached over 57,612 individuals throughout the country. 

Providing financial support and vocational training to orphans

In 2019, it was found that approximately 1.2 million Yemeni children were orphaned as a result of the war. Less than 5% of these children have been sponsored. 

Our orphan support projects provide families caring for orphans under 18 years of age with funds that they use for essential needs such as food, shelter, education, and healthcare. Without this support, many of these families would be struggling to feed their members as they have lost their sole providers. 

From August to October, we provided monthly financial support to about 800 orphans. We also continued our training and capacity building initiatives and started new training serving 185 trainees in Sana’a, Dhamar, Al-Hodediah, and Taiz; the solar panel maintenance course ran through August, and the mobile maintenance course that concluded in September. An international computer license course launched in September for 30 orphans in Hadramot Tareem.

Income generation projects 

Our income generating projects aim to help families become self-reliant when almost three-quarters of Yemenis are now living in poverty and over 50% are experiencing food insecurity. Between August and October, we supported 206 families with income generation projects, including the distribution of 3 sheep each to 196 households in Ibb, Raymah, Al-hodeidiah, Al-Mahweet and Al-Baydha. In Saada, we trained 20 women on making accessories.

Providing medical assistance

A large part of the Yemeni population is unable to secure medicines or money necessary to receive medical treatment due to the ongoing war and humanitarian and economic crises. Import restrictions have also made medicine scarce and extremely expensive, if available. We provided medical support to 20 families and financial support to 11 families between August and October.  We also provided medicine to the centers for the visually impaired. 

Providing access to clean water

Around 60% of the Yemeni population do not have access to clean water, sanitation, or hygiene assistance. Without access to these essential services, Yemenis face a higher risk of contracting water-borne diseases. During these three months, we continued our water projects from June— supplying 9 neighborhoods with water tanks and water trucks daily— which reach an estimated 1,500 per day.  

Distributing school bags and supplies

Due to the ongoing war and humanitarian crisis, many Yemeni children have had to leave school. Educational materials are scarce and school infrastructure has been badly damaged, used in fighting, or converted into shelter for families. 

In September, we distributed 6000 school bags to Yemeni children covering 16 Governorates, including Hajjah, Taiz, Dhamar, Ibb, and Sana’a. The bags contain materials like school supplies and textbooks that will allow children to continue their studies. We also provided 70 schools in Hajjah with 2000 white Board Pens.

YRRF Founder and President visit to Yemen

In September, our founder and president, Dr. Aisha Jumaan travelled to Yemen and participated in some of the activities including food baskets distribution in Sana’a. Please check the video in the link below. 

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Amanat Alasemah
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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.

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.

 

Income Generation
Income Generation
Income Generation
Income Generation
Meat Distribution
Meat Distribution
Solar Panels Vocational Training
Solar Panels Vocational Training
Computer vocational training for orphans
Computer vocational training for orphans

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