Providing a lifeline
Tearfund partners are helping to provide families with clean water and hygiene materials to reduce the risk of illness and disease.
This includes the construction of special rainwater cisterns. The cisterns are holes dug in the ground and lined with bricks and cement. They can store rainwater for communities for several months.
One of our partners is in the process of setting up an oral rehydration centre, in response to more recent cases of cholera.
The response also includes promoting good hygiene practices in households, schools, and mosques, as well as distributing water filters, cholera prevention kits, and food supplies. They are also building latrines and giving training in growing vegetables.
Kieren Barnes, Tearfund’s Middle East Response Director, says we must not let the Yemen crisis be forgotten:
'The challenges for the people of Yemen, especially in the remote locations, are relentless. They have been living on the edge of famine for too long. We must do all we can to provide critical aid to those in need, in order to prevent further suffering from cholera and other diseases.
'Our partners are Yemenis themselves and are working tirelessly, committed to serving their communities and supporting the most vulnerable.'
Banner photo: Ibrahem Qasim