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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