More than two million children under five in Yemen do not have enough food to eat, with over 2,200 on the brink of starving to death.
Without access to lifesaving aid, the children of Yemen—already vulnerable as a result of more than five years of brutal conflict—might be pushed over the edge. Despite these enormous challenges, Save the Children is reaching many of the most vulnerable children across Yemen.
Help Save Children Amidst Yemen’s Humanitarian Crisis
Five years of relentless war has left a mark on the children of Yemen has been further devastated by a combination of funding cuts and the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, Save the Children warns. Nearly 24 million people—including 12.3 million children—need humanitarian assistance and protection.
Already weakened health systems across Yemen have been even further devastated by the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, leaving thousands of children and families without the medical attention they need to survive. It's estimated that 16.2 million people in the country will face high levels of acute food shortages with an estimated 21,000 children at risk of falling into famine.
With two million children in Yemen out of school, vulernable boys and girls are at risk of exploitation and abuse.
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.*
- 93% of children are in need of humanitarian assistance
- Almost 1/5 of children have lost their homes
- 70% of children don't have access to clean water and sanitation
- 7.4 million children are in need of child protection assistance
- 2 million children are out of school
- 10.3 million children don’t have enough food to eat
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 been working in Yemen since 1963. We are the largest aid organization in Yemen and have been responding to the current crisis since 2015.
Since May 2015, we’ve reached more than 3 million children with lifesaving assistance and we continue to deliver vital programming.
We are treating children under five suffering from malnutrition and supporting health facilities in some of the hardest-to-reach areas. With up to 75% of schools destroyed in some areas, we’re also running temporary learning programs so children don’t miss out on an education.
- 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 nutrition as well as 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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