Yemen: How UK public support is saving lives

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Tuqa pictured with one of her five children

“Before the water tank was built, I was very scared of the polluted water we used to use and drink from,” says Tuqa, a widowed mother of five children in Sawir district, Yemen.

I would always pray that none of my children would get sick.

Now Tuqa and her family have access to safe water to drink, thanks to a CARE project funded by the Disasters Emergency Committee through donations from the UK public to the Yemen Crisis Appeal, and funding from the UK government Department for International Development (DFID) through UK Aid Match funds. The project paid local people, through a cash-for-work scheme, to build a water tank in Sawir, a remote and impoverished district more than 100km from Amran city.

In total, in Sawir district, CARE rehabilitated three water schemes, each of them comprising: a well; a pump activated by solar panels; a water tank; a tapstand.

Refurbished water point in Yemen
One of the refurbished water points

For families like Tuqa’s the water tank is a life-saver, especially since the lack of access to safe water in Yemen, combined with the humanitarian crisis caused by the ongoing conflict, has left much of the country in the grip of a cholera outbreak. As Tuqa says: “Before, we had no choice and no other source of water.”

I am very thankful to this project because it saved our lives.

But the project didn’t just provide a safe source of water to the village – it also provided an income for families like Tuqa’s. “After I started participating in the cash for work scheme, my life has changed,” says Tuqa.

I now feel I am a new person who is independent and capable to support my family.

The project to rehabilitate water schemes through cash-for-work activities was implemented in two governorates: Amran (North) and Abyan (South). Participating in cash-for-work activities provided beneficiaries (390 persons in total) with an income that would cover their family’s basic needs – food, non-food items, health, education.

And thousands more people have benefited from the rehabilitation of a total of six water points, enabling around 18,000 people – the population of the surrounding areas – to have access to clean and safe water.

Find out more about CARE’s DEC-funded emergency cash support programmes – which provide people with money to spend on meeting their family’s basic needs – in these two short videos:

Saleh Saeed, DEC Chief Executive, meets Rakba in Lahj, southern Yemen

Saleh meets Aliya, who lives with her four grandchildren and her daughter-in-law

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