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DOUBLE YOUR GIFT to save Yemen’s children

After six years of war and suffering, the Yemen conflict continues to threaten the lives and childhoods of children. About 80 per cent of Yemen’s population, including 12.4 million children, are in urgent need of life-saving humanitarian assistance. Two million children under age 5 are malnourished.

Yemeni families face 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. 

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.

How urgent is the humanitarian situation in Yemen? 

Yemen is the largest humanitarian crisis in the world, with more than 24 million people – some 80 per cent of the population – in need of humanitarian assistance, including more than 12.4 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. Many health workers are receiving no salaries or incentives.

The future of an entire generation is in jeopardy as the continued destruction and closure of schools and hospitals, especially since COVID-19 began to spread, 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 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, little Doa’a made it in time to receive life-saving 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 and education on mines and explosive remnants of war, plus other vital services.

Last year, with help from our donors, UNICEF:

  1. Provided personal protective equipment (PPE) to protect 35,062 frontline workers, healthcare facility staff and community health workers
  2. Treated 231,062 children for severe acute malnutrition and provided 1,375,051 children with Vitamin A supplementation
  3. Vaccinated 7.2 million children against polio
  4. Supported 6.9 million people with safe water for drinking, cooking and personal hygiene. 
  5. Reached 2.4 million internally displaced people (IDP) with basic hygiene kits, hygiene promotion and the installation of 90 new emergency latrines

 

Why does UNICEF need my help now?

Yemen is facing an emergency within an emergency as COVID-19 spreads across the country. Sanitation and clean 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.

Children continue to be killed and maimed in the conflict. Around 2 million children are suffering from acute malnutrition and require urgent treatment. The damage and closure of schools and hospitals has disrupted access to education and health services, leaving children even more vulnerable and robbing them of their future. 

While many schools have reopened, 5.8 million children need support to access quality education and 2 million children are out of school.

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

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

  1. Reach 289,402 children with treatment for severe acute malnutrition
  2. Provide 6.8 million people with safe water for drinking, cooking and personal hygiene4
  3. Vaccinate 5.5 million children against polio
  4. Provide personal protective equipment to 25,000 health workers

“Children in the heart of the world’s worst humanitarian disaster need help. Funding Yemen’s WASH needs and COVID-19 response is critical to their survival. We appeal to donors to step up and dig even deeper to support this life-saving work.”

- Henrietta Fore, UNICEF Executive Director

Last updated: March 11, 2021