CARE’s work in Yemen

CARE started working in Yemen in 1993, focusing on relief and reconstruction in the wake of the civil war. Today we run long-term projects to reduce poverty and promote social justice, as well as continuing to respond to humanitarian needs caused by ongoing political instability and conflict. All our work in Yemen focuses on community self-help and empowering women. We run projects on  women’s literacy, water management and natural resource management. In particular, we support the formation of women’s associations so rural women can get together to set up businesses, farming initiatives and education projects.

COVID-19 in Yemen

Malak learning handwashing technique, Yemen

Above: CARE community health worker, Samah, showing 12-year-old Malak how to wash her hands thoroughly

In Yemen, already one of the poorest countries in the world, five years of civil war has created the world’s worst humanitarian crisis. As the conflict continues, food is running out, clean water is difficult to find, and for millions of people health services, jobs, or a means of earning an income are non-existent. As Suha Bashreen, one of the CARE team in Yemen, says: “COVID in Yemen is a crisis on a crisis on a crisis.”

As in many countries, CARE believes the number of coronavirus cases in Yemen is massively under reported. Where the fighting continues in the north of the country, there is no official data. The country is facing a shortage of PPE and testing kits. A lack of awareness about COVID-19 means that many people are also facing stigma for seeking health services so it’s likely the true number of cases is much higher than reported.

Yemen crisis appeal

Intense and ongoing conflict has left Yemen on the brink of collapse. Millions of children and families – more than 80% of the population – are struggling to find the food and water they need to survive. CARE is on the ground working to save lives, but many more people need your help. Read more on our Yemen crisis page.

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How your donations help people in Yemen

With funding from the Disasters Emergency Committee, thanks to donations from the UK public, CARE responded to the cholera outbreak in Yemen through an innovative cash-for-work programme that paid people in vulnerable and food-insecure households to work on building and rehabilitating water infrastructure. We also distributed hygiene kits, and provided safe water through water trucks. The project not only improved people's access to safe water; households in the cash-for-work programme were also able to buy food and medicines for their families.

Yemen water and sanitation project infographic

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DEC-funded Yemen emergency response infographic

Read more about the project in this blog by CARE's Antoine Esteban.

Read more about the water rehabilitation project and other ways donations to the DEC from the UK public have enabled CARE to help people in Yemen.

About CARE

Founded in 1945 to send 'CARE packages' to people recovering from war, we have been fighting poverty in the world’s poorest countries for 75 years.

CARE's impact

We work in 104 countries around the world, saving lives in emergencies and finding long-term solutions to poverty for millions of people every year.

Our aims

We empower women and girls to fulfil their potential – because when one woman is helped out of poverty, she brings her family and community with her.

Your support

Your support is what makes our poverty-fighting work possible. You can trust us to spend our funds wisely and effectively to help people in need.

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