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DOUBLE YOUR GIFT TO HELP CHILDREN IN YEMEN

After seven years of conflict and suffering, conflict in Yemen continues to threaten the lives and childhoods of children. About 70 per cent of Yemen’s population, including 11.3 million children, are in urgent need of life-saving humanitarian assistance. At least, 2.3 million children under age 5 are malnourished.

Yemeni families are also facing the added threat of COVID-19. As basic services collapse and the economy continues to deteriorate, families are struggling to feed themselves, and preventable diseases are on the rise. Your gift today will help protect Yemeni children in need. 

All gifts to UNICEF’s Yemen Emergency Fund will be matched.

How will my donation help children in Yemen?

Your donation will help UNICEF reach more children with life-saving essentials, treatment for malnutrition, COVID-19 response, routine immunization to prevent disease outbreaks and other vital services.

$250,000 Yemen Emergency Fund Match

Thanks to a generous match provided by the Lawrence Schafer Foundation, your Yemen Emergency Fund gift today will be DOUBLED up to $250,000.

That means your gift will go TWICE AS FAR to help provide emergency assistance such as nutrition and medical care, routine immunizations and safe water, as well as counselling for traumatized children and learning materials for out-of-school children.

Help us reach children in Yemen with live-saving aid.

How urgent is the humanitarian situation in Yemen? 

Yemen remains one of the largest humanitarian crises in the world, with more than 20.7 million people – some 70 per cent of the population – in need of humanitarian assistance, including more than 11.3 million children.

Now, with COVID-19 spreading, Yemen is facing an emergency within an emergency. Sanitation and clean water are in short supply. Only half of health facilities are functioning, and many that remain operational lack basic equipment like masks and gloves, let alone oxygen and other essential supplies to treat the coronavirus.

The future of an entire generation is in jeopardy as the continued destruction and closure of schools and hospitals disrupts access to education and health services.

And with escalating food shortages and prices, malnutrition rates among children in Yemen are some of the highest in the world, with more than 2.3 million children requiring treatment for acute malnutrition.

Child experiencing complications from severe acute malnutrition
One-year-old Doa’a was experiencing complications from severe acute malnutrition. Her father, Hussein, worried his daughter wouldn’t survive the one-hour journey to the hospital. Thankfully, Doa’a made it in time to receive life-saving therapeutic food and medicine. [© UNICEF/UN057347/Almang]

What is UNICEF doing to help children in Yemen?

UNICEF is on the ground across Yemen, working to save children’s lives and to help them cope with the impact of conflict by providing victim assistance, education on mines and explosive remnants of war, plus other vital services.

Last year, with help from our donors, UNICEF:

  1. Treated 217,041 children for severe acute malnutrition and provided more than 3.1 million children with Vitamin A supplementation
  2. Vaccinated more than 3.8 million children against polio
  3. Supported more than 7.3 million people with safe water for drinking, cooking and personal hygiene
  4. 5.6 million children with education about explosive weapons-related risk/survivor interventions

 

Why does UNICEF need my help now?

Yemen is already one of the toughest places in the world to be a child. Malnutrition and wasting is a crisis that has continued to worsen with the COVID-19 emergency and other factors affecting global and local markets, which have escalated food shortages and prices in Yemen. More than 2.3 million children in Yemen require urgent treatment for acute malnutrition.

Yemen is facing an emergency within an emergency as COVID-19 spreads across the country. Sanitation and safe water are in short supply. Only half of health facilities are functioning, and many lack basic equipment like masks and gloves, let alone oxygen and other essential supplies to treat COVID-19, plus other medical conditions that require urgent care and hospitalization. 

Children continue to be killed and maimed in the conflict. The damage and closure of schools and hospitals has also disrupted access to education and health services, leaving children even more vulnerable and robbing them of their futures.

While many schools have reopened during the COVID-19 pandemic, 8.1 million children need emergency education support to access quality education, and 2 million children are out of school altogether

Please help by making a donation today. With a $250,000 match, your gift today will go TWICE AS FAR.

We need the support of generous and caring donors like you to help UNICEF:

  1. Reach 366,358 children with life-saving treatment for severe acute malnutrition
  2. Provide 6.8 million people with safe water for drinking, cooking and personal hygiene
  3. Vaccinate 5.5 million children against polio
  4. Support 1.3 million children with access to education and learning materials 

“More and more children are going to bed hungry in Yemen. This puts them at increased risk of physical and cognitive impairment, and even death. The plight of children in Yemen can no longer be overlooked. Lives are at stake.”

- Catherine M. Russell, UNICEF Executive Director

Last updated: March 23, 2022