Integral Members agreed to respond to the crisis in Yemen in 2016. In the first six months of the response, US $5.3m funding was raised across the alliance for work by Members in the country and more than 100,000 men, women and children received assistance …
Integral Members have responded in Yemen through distributions of food and household items, assistance with water and sanitation, health treatment and training health workers, and in the areas of agriculture and livelihoods.
In 2017 conditions worsened, with a cholera outbreak that started in 2016 becoming ‘the worst in history’ (source here). Integral Members responded by supporting cholera treatment centres with medicines and medical supplies, working on water supplies and sanitation and giving hygiene training and water filters. They also provided nutrition support and food assistance. Responding together as Integral means that photos and stories from Members’ work in Yemen have been shared on the Integral IT platform. This then enables other Members to fundraise to support the Integral Yemen response, such as Integra in Slovakia who used the resources to launch their Christmas 2018 appeal for Yemen.
Bohuslava Banova, Project Coordinator from Integra in Slovakia says, “The reason that we took action was because the humanitarian crisis in Yemen was featured in our media. We decided to capitalise on that and run an appeal – it was very encouraging for us that it was our most successful Christmas campaign to date! We allocated the funds raised to an Integral Member working on a combination of relief and recovery projects in Food Security and WASH.”
Bohuslava continues, “Without Integral we would not be able to collaborate in disaster or humanitarian aid responses, so it is very valuable for us to be part of the alliance. Collaboration enables us to be part of delivering assistance to places that we otherwise could not access."
In 2019 Integral Members continue to work in Yemen, seeking ways to reach more people through working together.
After four years of conflict, the country is currently facing one of the largest food crisis in the world, with economic collapse, disease and displacement continuing to ravage the country. At the start of 2019, 18 million people were food insecure, including 8.4 million suffering from extreme hunger. Seven million Yemeni’s are malnourished, including almost two million children under the age of five, who require treatment. There are currently 3.9 million people displaced since the conflict, and an estimated 24 million people (80 per cent of the population) in need of humanitarian assistance and protection. [More info here]