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How do your donations help Yemen?


Yemen's children are growing up through the world's largest humanitarian crisis. Six years of war has left 12.4m children needing assistance.

Half of Yemen's health facilities have been forced to close or are only partially functioning as a result of the war, leaving millions vulnerable to coronavirusFind out more about our coronavirus response in Yemen. 

Deaths from coronavirus symptoms have been reported across the country, but the lack of infrastructure makes it almost impossible to get accurate figures.

Yemen is a perfect storm of humanitarian, protection and economic crises, with each fuelling the other.

Your support for our appeal is urgent - please donate to Yemen today.

Our teams are in Yemen right now, making sure children have good food, healthcare and can keep learning and stay safe from violence. 

But the crisis is worsening. And now, of all times, the UK government is cutting its aid budget to Yemen by more than half, leaving many children to face this on their own.

Will you show Britain at its best? Help Yemen's children to get through this. 



We’re the largest independent aid agency in Yemen, working on the ground – as well as campaigning for lasting change – to help children survive this brutal war.

Across Yemen, we’re supporting 88 fixed health facilities and 23 hospitals. Without your donations, we wouldn't be able to:

  • provide life-saving treatment for malnourished children
  • train health care workers in the prevention and management of nutrition
  • respond to deadly disease outbreaks, such as cholera and diptheria
  • support COVID-19 treatment centres and raise awareness of COVID-19 in communities

How we're helping Suha*

Suha*, 8 months old. Photo: Anna Pantelia / Save the Children

Suha*, 8 months old. Photo: Anna Pantelia / Save the Children

Just eight months into her life, Suha was fighting to survive. Her mum, Mariam* brought to her to a Save the Children-supported health centre, where she was diagnosed with severe acute malnutrition.

Health workers gave Suha the treatment and nutritious food she needed to recover. 

But the cuts to UK aid mean thousands of children like her will be left to face this crisis alone. 

Will you show Britain at its best? 

Support children like Suha today

4.6m children are in need of child protection assistance. Without your donations, we wouldn't be able to:

  • run safe spaces where children can learn, play and begin the long journey to recovery
  • provide psychosocial support to help children come to terms with the horrors they've experienced
  • raise awareness in communities about protecting children from violence and exploitation.

How we helped Rami*

Rami* 15, was injured by a warplane in Yemen

Rami* 15, was injured by a warplane in Yemen

Cousin Rami, 15, and Waleed*, 10, suffered life-changing injuries during two successive airstrikes near their home. Their relative, Bakeel*, 18, lost his father and two nephews.

The family were at the mosque for evening prayer when they heard the warplanes overhead. As they left the mosque, the bombing started.

Rami was injured by shrapnel and lay on the ground, unable to move. His father searched for him everywhere, and eventually a motorcyclist told him he had found an injured child near the road and taken him to the health centre. There, Rami was given first aid treatment but they referred him to Hodeidah Hospital, and then to Sana’a, where he had a leg operation.

Save the Children paid for his operation, medicine and gave him a wheelchair. We also supported Rami through one month of rehabilitation, which involves physical exercises to help him get better. He can now feel and move his right leg, but still cannot feel his left leg. Rami also still needs an operation to remove the fragments of shrapnel in his spine.

With up to 75% of schools destroyed in some areas, we are focussing on ensuring children do not miss out on an education. Without your donations, we wouldn't be able to:

  • set up temporary learning spaces and support existing schools and education programmes in refugee camps
  • distribute essential school supplies such as school bags and uniforms 
  • run catch-up classes for children who've missed school.

How we helped Mohammed*

Mohammed* 11, near his home in Aden, Yemen

Mohammed* 11, near his home in Aden, Yemen

11 year old Mohammed* lives with his family in Aden after being forced to flee their family home in Hodeida three years ago because of the intensifying war.

His parents tried to get him enrolled into primary school as soon as they arrived in Aden, but he was rejected due to a lack of available places. When Mohammed’s mum heard about a Save the Children non-formal education centre in their neighbourhood she got Mohammed to start studying at the centre. Within a few months he was able to read and write. His teachers were so impressed with his development that they suggested to his mum to try and enrol him in a formal school.

After a placement test, Mohammed was successfully registered in the 3rd grade and is now one of the top students in his class. Both his parents are very proud of how he’s doing and believe education will provide him with a better future. 

Food insecurity affects 20.1m Yemenis (67% of the population), including 10.3m children. Without your donations, we wouldn't be able to:

  • give food to young children and pregnant and breastfeeding mothers who are at risk of malnutrition
  • give families cash and vouchers for food and medicine to boost local markets.

How we helped Muna*

Muna’s grandmother, Nada, carrying Muna in her house, Lahj, Yemen

Muna’s grandmother, Nada, carrying Muna in her house, Lahj, Yemen

Muna, 2 months, lost her mother suddenly 20 days after giving birth. Muna was then taken to another area called al-Bayda in the same governorate to her grandmother’s house where she has been taken care of by her grandmother and her aunt who has a child of the same age.

After her mother passed way, Muna stopped getting breast milk therefore her health deteriorated especially after she also started refusing bottle milk. Muna’s aunt was reached through Save the Children breastfeeding awareness sessions where she learnt the importance of children like Muna getting breast milk. 

Since the aunt also had a child the same age as Muna whom she was breastfeeding, she decided to also breastfeed Muna with guidance and support from a Mother to Mother group that was formed and is supported by Save the Children. Through the group, she received support on how to breastfeed the two children. Muna’s health has greatly improved and she has started gaining weight since the time her aunt started breastfeeding her.

*Names changed 



We're doing all we can to help keep children alive, healthy and learning through the pandemic, including:

  • distributing personal protective equipment and Infection Prevention & Control materials to over 100 health facilities
  • providing training to 140 health facilities
  • raising awareness about the disease through health centres & community volunteers

By donating to our Yemen appeal, some money could be used to help our coronavirus response. Find out more and donate to our global coronavirus response here.

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