Meet the emergency needs of families affected by political instability and violence. Improve families’ ability to weather recurring shocks, rehabilitate community infrastructure and provide youth with support to become active, contributing members of society.
Yemen, the poorest country in the Middle East, faces deep, systemic problems that have resulted in protracted conflicts throughout the country for many years.
In March of 2015, violent clashes between government and non-government forces erupted, fueling ongoing warfare that has since forced 2.8 million people from their homes and left 21.2 million — more than 80 percent of the population — in need of humanitarian aid.
Continued violence and shortages of essential supplies are bringing the civilian population to the brink of emergency. Already more than 14 million people are facing hunger.
- Emergency response: Providing food and hygiene supplies, and increasing access to water and sanitation for the most vulnerable families.
- Agriculture & Food: Distributing food vouchers. Supported sesame farmers with improved seeds and techniques, and strengthened the value chain with technology and access to microfinance.
- Children & Youth: Trained young people to develop leadership, conflict resolution and advocacy skills to help them improve their communities.
- Water: Construction and rehabilitation of water systems, irrigation channels, toilet facilities and other community infrastructure. Promoting proper hygiene in schools and communities.
All stories about Yemen
Yemen: Helping displaced families after Cyclone Chapala flooding
After a rare cyclone hit the central coast of Yemen this week, rain pummeled the country and caused severe flooding. We're working to distribute food baskets and hygiene kits to families displaced by the storm.
Yemen: Staff speak out about work in a conflict zone
Two of our team members report from war-torn Yemen on how they're persevering to reach people in need despite ongoing clashes.
Yemen: In the news: Violence and uncertainty in Sana'a
Mercy Corps’ Jonathan Bartolozzi spoke with National Public Radio about recent bombings in the Yemeni capital, and how it affects humanitarian aid in the country.
Yemen: Food gives a family hope for the future
Yemen is one of the most food insecure countries in the world. Learn how our emergency food program helps families like Ayesha's find relief from hunger and malnutrition.
Yemen: Entrepreneurs play a key role in fighting malnutrition
How do you help the hungry eat now and have enough food for the future? Lessons from our food voucher program in Yemen.
Yemen: Food vouchers do more than alleviate hunger
After tragedy, a mother is able to feed her children and find the strength to look forward.
Yemen: Fetching water for families in Taiz
An increased supply and new distribution programs help secure clean water — and provide jobs in Yemen's poorest communities.
Yemen: A boy's thank you
In Taiz, a young boy stands by the poem he wrote to thank our team for helping his family get clean water.
Yemen: Clean water for the most vulnerable families
Mercy Corps teams are helping families access clean water in some of the poorest areas of Taiz, which has been rocked by violent uprisings and subsequent price inflation.
Yemen: The promise of youth
I live in Aden, Yemen. I have high hopes for my community and believe we can help it become peaceful and prosperous. But the crises that have engulfed Yemen in the last year have had a negative effect on my people.