Yemen Food distribution

30 tons of vital food supplies to save 530 of the most vulnerable families directly affected in the most recent bombing of Hodeida for Ashura. A similar number will be assisted for Arbaeen.   Working with Al-Baser Foundation in Yemen, to date your contributions have supported 2,371 families, over 14,000 individuals, with $96,894 worth of food aid to families on the brink of starvation. This marathon logistics have been ably managed by the volunteers on the ground who have ensured the successful distribution of 125,000 kilograms of food items mostly in besieged Hodeida whilst bombs were still falling. The conditions on the ground were harrowing for these volunteers as hungry and sick victims were rescued with a months’ supply of essentials.   The LFT is pleased to report that our respected partners at AIM Islam have launched a drive to collect funds for LFT’s essential lifesaving work in Yemen. Currently, their scheme has raised £27,500 and with the generosity of LFT donors, the Trust has agreed to match the funds donated £1 for £1. This currently ensures an additional funding of £55,000 for the work in Yemen. Lots more is required as we set out below. Many individuals and institutions continue to show their generosity, we pray for the purity of intent and generosity of spirit to be rewarded by Allah swt. Our partners inform us that every ten minutes in Yemen a child dies from hunger or sickness. Since 2015 Yemen’s citizens have been subject to a civil war meaning widespread blockades on food imports and far reaching famine. Children and those living in the poverty have suffered disproportionately. There is severe need for basic supplies not only in Hodeidah, but all over Yemen, with no salaries since about one year, and prices shooting up daily, because of recent economical war which had now been surged by the coalition forces, there us severe shortage of foreign exchange, which from YRials 525 has shot up to YRials 750 to the US$ in just one week. Salaries for most employees have not been paid in a year making even the most basic essentials impossible to purchase. Fishermen in the port city of Hodeida have not been able to fish for many months now due to the bombing and naval blocade. Many families are not able procure necessary food item, some have two meals in some have one meal a day in some are some families starving to death due no food and unable get proper medication. By providing basic staple supplies, 530 families will have enough nourishment to bring themselves back from the brink of starvation. In times of famine, water sources too become less reliable and in the case of Yemen, many communities were already unserved by government supplies. This is the case in the capital city, Sana’a, home to 1.7m. Many settlements on the outskirts are not served by official water pipes but neither can resident bore their own wells as groundwater lies often 1,000 metres below the surface. A series of water tanks and pipes have made access to safe drinking water a reality for eight different surrounding villages and their 700 inhabitants. It is a ‘Sabeel’ to provide drinking water to the people in most need, the misplaced and deprived. Over 5,000 liters of water are filled in the tanks each week by the Government directorate. We urge each and every LFCT patron to please spread the word amongst your networks of the ongoing need in the country. We will continue to raise funds to supply more families with urgent food support as well as opportunities to secure their future over the coming months. Towards self-sustainability Job loses and salary cuts have been seen across all sectors. Unemployment and poverty have increased further and opportunities for economic self-sufficiency and security are sparse. Al-Basser and the LFCT will be working to provide opportunities for citizens to take back control of their own futures. Accepting business applications from unemployed families and those no longer with breadwinners, Al-Basser has worked with individuals to develop proposals for food carts, home-tailoring businesses and a clothes stall. Applications for live goats and a motorbike for deliveries have also been approved. Community scale operations such as a medium sized retail food store to serve the local neighbourhood and a centre to teach sewing which can train 120 female heads of households, women in poverty and widowed women each year have also been developed. A school providing much needed quality education in the area alongside 20 job opportunities for teachers and support staff would bring hope and revitalize the area. Field surveys have been completed and milestones for contracts worked up with individuals. The Foundation aims that all successful projects gift 5% of their profits into funding for future projects. Please watch this space for further information on the individual’s projects and how you can get involved. We are first seeking funding to get these ideas off the ground. The table below summarizes the cost of each project: