In Yemen, every effort is needed. Hunger reached an unprecedented level. According to WFP, more than 15.9 million people in Yemen wake up hungry every day. This number can increase to 20 million in the absence of food assistance. More than a million women and 2 million children requiring treatment for acute malnutrition.
UMR’s Charity Bakeries provides food assistance to the most vulnerable families in Yemen. UMR, working with local on the ground partners, has completed the construction of one Charity Bakery in Aden. Construction has begun for another bakery in Hodeidah with planned expansion to Taiz and Al-Jawf. The project emphasizes community involvement and need.
Charity Bakeries staff is selected from vulnerable populations such as those in the neighborhood, who are food insecure, women who are widows, and older persons with large families. Ingredients are procured locally to provide food vulnerable families with basic staples in their diet. Families of concern are provided with voucher tickets, which are brought to the bakery in exchange for loaves of bread.
Charity Bakeries aims to serve 750 conflict and malnutrition affected families in 2019. Conflict in Yemen has left 53% of the population- severely food insecure. Security concerns have left international organizations unable to reach aid recipients, which highlights the need to procure as many foodstuffs and ingredients as possible from local sources. UMR continues to leverage fluid on the ground networks to reach families who lack the basic means to survive and ensure that lack of funds, conflict, or location does not stop people from accessing food.