After four years of destructive conflict, children in Yemen are struggling to survive the triple threat of bombs, starvation and disease. 37 children a month have been killed or injured by bombs in the last year. More than 100 boys and girls are dying from extreme hunger every single day. At least one child dies every 10 minutes as a result of preventable killers such as cholera, with more than 100,000 children infected this year alone. Please help us stop the war on children.

Help Save Children in Yemen

The boys and girls of Yemen are growing up in world’s largest humanitarian crisis, now in its fourth year. The need to stop the war on children has never been as urgent as it is at this moment. Nearly 14 million people are at risk of famine. Parents are witnessing their children waste away, while vehicles transporting food are targets of attack. 2 million children are out of school and are at risk of exploitation and abuse. The children of Yemen have been robbed of their basic rights to life, health and education. As the largest aid organization in Yemen, our teams are helping thousands of children get the vital care they need. But we need your help to continue.

What is Happening in Yemen Right Now?

The children of Yemen have suffered horrifying ordeals. We must stop at nothing to reach those who need us most.

The Challenges for Children in Yemen

The war in Yemen has hit hardest those who are least responsible – children. Facing violence and with many forced to flee their homes, Yemen’s children are struggling in the face of a national economic crisis, widespread malnutrition and the grave threat of cholera and other life-threatening diseases. Your support can make a difference.*

  • 12.3 million children are in need of humanitarian assistance
  • 55 out of 1000 children die before their 5th birthday
  • One in 10 schools have been destroyed or damaged
  • 2 million children are out of school
  • 23% of children are engaged in child labor
  • 54% of people live in poverty
Map of Yemen

How You’re Changing Children’s Lives

Thanks to giving people like you, our work for the children of Yemen is making a difference.

Save the Children has over 50 years of experience working in Yemen. Operational in the country since 1963, we were the first international aid group in Yemen. We work nationally and locally to promote and protect children’s rights, with programs in education, protection, health, nutrition, sanitation, hygiene, livelihoods and food security.

Save the Children supports 167 fixed health facilities and 23 hospitals which provide families with essential primary healthcare. We’re also responding to deadly disease outbreaks such as cholera and we’re training health care providers and volunteers in the prevention and management of malnutrition.

Our child-friendly spaces offer children protected environments where they can learn, play and receive a respite from the stress of living in a war zone.

We've set up temporary learning spaces so children don't miss out on education. We support existing schools, train teachers and provide essential equipment. For children who’ve missed school, we run accelerated learning programs to help them catch up. We also support education programs for displaced Yemeni children in camps.

We distribute food to children and to pregnant and lactating women. We also provide cash and food vouchers, giving families the dignity of choice and ensuring that local markets are revitalized.

  • Protected 55,608 children from harm
  • Supported 1,784,041 children in times of crisis
  • Provided 1,118,406 children with a healthy start in life
  • Supported 98,127 parents to provide for their children’s basic needs
  • Gave 271,223 children vital nourishment

How to Help Children in Yemen

Investing in the future of Yemen’s children – by addressing their education, health and mental well-being needs – offers the best chance of ensuring their recovery and the country’s long-term peace and stability. Please help us by investing in the future we all share with a donation to our Yemen Children’s Relief Fund.

Sources: * Unless otherwise noted, facts and statistics have been sourced from Save the Children’s 2018 End of Childhood Report. You can access detailed data here. Other sources as follows: Population: CIA World Factbook 2015; The World Bank, 2016; Unesco Institute for Statistics (UIS)


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