ADRA has been active in Yemen since 1995, focusing on the delivery of primary health care, economic development, education, and food security. ADRA projects in Yemen can be viewed here.
ADRA Yemen’s programs follow a community-based approach to better tackle the critical needs of vulnerable women and children, people with special needs, and those physically-challenged, as well as refugees and internally displaced persons (IDPs).
ADRA Yemen is currently intervening in eight governorates of Yemen, implementing humanitarian projects funded by various donor agencies, including the UK Department for International Development (DFID), Danish Development Assistance (Danida), US Agency for International Development (USAID), United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), local embassies and the ADRA Network. ADRA Yemen has set up rigorous financial, procurement and human resource policies and employs compliance review mechanisms as well as through monitoring mechanisms for all projects.Make a difference around the world
Three months ago, Esa was wasting away from a lack of food. Due to nationwide instability, there was little in the small Yemeni village of Al-Noba for the one-year-old to eat. Though the rest of his family also suffered from hunger, little Esa suffered most of all. His arms were thin, his baby fat was gone, and his former playfulness was replaced by lethargy and fatigue.
“It was indescribable,” his mother, Aswan, said. “I felt pain from the bottom of my heart because I could do nothing to help him.”
When ADRA came to his village to assess the need, they found starving families and malnourished children. Esa was among those sent to a clinic for hungry little ones just like him. There, he was given medication and a special dietary program designed to combat malnourishment. In addition, his family was selected as beneficiaries of the food basket program, which provides those in need with rice, milk, eggs, yogurt, cheese, and sugar.
Now, little Esa isn’t so little anymore. Thanks to this lifesaving intervention, the toddler is growing day by day, playing like other children, and can get back to being a kid again.
Monem, a 7-year-old living in Al Masraka, Yemen, makes the mile-long trek through a conflict-ridden area to draw water for his family. The youngest of five children, Monem is starting to show signs of trachoma, a painful and debilitating bacterial disease that has caused his older siblings to go blind. Contaminated water and the absence of latrines contribute to the contraction and spread of diseases like trachoma.
ADRA’s well-drilling project provides safe and clean water for children like Monem.
Monem’s family frequently depends on neighbors’ generosity to get by, but Monem worries about who will bring his family water when he goes blind. Given the unsafe area and travel distance, Monem knows that it will not be easy for his mother to get water for the family.
ADRA’s water system specialists spearheaded construction on a new well in Al Masraka. Just a few minutes away from Monem’s house, the well has a pump and a cistern for storing water. The new well now saves Monem from hours of backbreaking work. The clean water prevents the spread of diseases like trachoma—and while it might be too late for Monem and his siblings, hopefully the well will save other children from unnecessary suffering.
ADRA has installed numerous pumps in rural areas of Yemen. Donations from around the world provide resources for ADRA to drill wells and provide clean water to the areas in need. When children like Monem get sick less frequently and require less time to transport water, they have time to get an education and think about a better future.
Yemen Country Program Overview