Food and water:
not anymore a basic
good, but a great need.
2.2 million children are in need for humanitarian assistance.
Yemen is the poorest Arab country and one of the least developed: ranking 160 out of 188 countries on the Human Development Index. Since March 2015, the armed conflict has spread rapidly across the country – with devastating consequences. An estimate of over 21 million people, which is 80 per cent of the population in Yemen, is in dire need of humanitarian assistance. A high number of civilians have died during the war. The life expectancy has dropped to 63 years, while the number of internally displaced people has peaked up to 3.2 million. Also, Yemen has to deal with a high influx of refugees coming mainly from Africa.
KEY CHALLENGES IN YEMEN
Malnutrition of children.
Lack of clean water.
OUR PROJECTS IN YEMEN
Many districts in the Hajja Governorate have no running water, no electricity, no phones and not to be accessed by car. Over the last years, we have restored hundreds of rainwater systems together with local NGOs. Currently, we are working with Youth For Homeland, a Yemeni NGO, on re-building twelve water cisterns in Hajja. About 600 families benefit from the restored source of water. Sustainability is key – we do not provide water only once, it will serve them in the future. Through the provided training and continuous ownership, they are able to maintain the cisterns independently. Our Integrated Water Resource Management project is funded by the BMZ and has a volume of 555.555 Euro. Between June 2016 and April 2017, we are working on better and sustainable water resources in Yemen.
Maternal and Child Health Nutrition Project
Malnutrition is one of the most urgent issues the Yemeni population is facing. Before the crisis, Yemen imported around 90 per cent of its food. The supply of food has been disrupted by endemic poverty coupled with a political, economic and military crisis. Especially children and pregnant women are facing the severe consequences of limited food availability, poor feeding intake, contaminated water, insufficient hygiene and inaccessible health care. Vision Hope started the maternal and Child Health Nutrition for priority districts in the Hajja Governorate in April 2016 and will continue until the end of the year. Over the nine months, the project volumes to almost 300.000 Euro. Together with the World Food Programme (WFP) more then 45.000 people will be reached through the distribution of peanut-based nutritional supplements. The partnership between WFP and Vision Hope was established in 2012; since then thousands of people have been reached.
Due to the on-going crisis in Yemen, the WFP called out for a lifesaving program for Yemeni families. Since several years, Vision Hope acts as one of the project partners to address the malnutrition in the Hajja Governorate. The food security project greatly complements the implemented nutrition project. The goal was to provide lifesaving food supplies to the most vulnerable and in-secure cases in the districts assigned by the WFP. Together with the local community the planning, identification of beneficiaries and distribution of food took place. Vision Hope worked on the improvement of the Yemeni food security between January and March 2016 with a project sum of more then 220.000 Euro. A continuation of the project is planned; the need is still given.