About the Situation
By the Numbers
More than 24 million people live in Yemen
43% of the population is food insecure
Nearly half of Yemen’s children are stunted in growth
(Sources: The World Bank and World Food Program)
Yemen—one of the oldest inhabited areas on Earth—is also one of the poorest and least developed countries in the Arab world. According to the World Food Program in 2013, 10.5 million people in Yemen were food insecure, with 4.5 million of those people severely food insecure and unable to afford the food they need. The country’s child malnutrition rates are among the highest in the world: Close to half of Yemen’s children younger than 5 (2 million children) are stunted, and 1 million are acutely malnourished.
How Islamic Relief is Helping
Islamic ReliefTM has been working in Yemen since 1998, implementing seasonal Ramadan and Udhiyah/Qurbani food distributions. Islamic Relief Yemen was registered in 2003 to implement and oversee long-term development projects. Islamic Relief teams have also responded to emergencies in the area to alleviate distress for people in the region.
Here’s a breakdown of some programs Islamic Relief has supported in Yemen:
SAFETY NET AND LIVELIHOOD CO-FINANCING
IRUSA donors are helping provide many of the tools, machinery and materials, and awareness-raising resources necessary to implement a program that improves security for nearly 95,000 vulnerable community members across 32 districts. The project will also help build assets for the community, such as water and irrigation infrastructure, farm access, road, channels, dam and bound formation. It will also provide training in areas of hygiene, education for girls, nutrition, and food preparation, among others. This project is being implemented with the World Food Program (WFP).
RAMADAN FOOD DISTRIBUTION
AL-SELO WATER AND HEALTH PROJECT
Relief teams constructed a new health center and rehabilitated two existing health centers in Al-Selo. All three centers, which serve some 25,000 people in the area, were supplied with vital equipment. The program, which concluded in February 2011, also improved access to safe drinking water for locals.
In 2011, Islamic Relief provided emergency aid, including food packages, hygiene kits and more, to internally displaced Yemenis, victims of political turmoil.
YEMEN WATSAN PROJECT: WATER, HEALTH AND ENVIRONMENT PROGRAM
Households in Al Farsha in the Tour Al Bahah district now have access to safe drinking water because of this Islamic Relief program that served to raise community awareness on health, hygiene and environmental issues. The project also aimed to improve dental health, and placed special attention on women and children who are often responsible for water collection for their households. More than 7,000 individuals benefitted from this effort.