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 more than 1 million people from their homes and left over 21 million in need of humanitarian aid. Continued violence and shortages of essential supplies are bringing the civilian population to the brink of emergency.
- 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.
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