We respond to emergencies all over the world. Here is a summary of some of the emergency response projects we were involved with during May 2019.
Continued Humanitarian Work in Yemen
The country of Yemen remains in one of the worst humanitarian crises in the world. Millions of Yemenis still don’t have access to water and hygiene facilities. Latter-day Saint Charities is partnering with the Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA) and CARE to address the water, hygiene, and sanitation needs in areas that have high rates of cholera.
With our help, ADRA is constructing water tanks and fixing broken water points in densely populated areas. ADRA is also distributing hygiene kits and hygiene training, as well as fixing latrines in four schools.
CARE will provide cash assistance and comprehensive water, sanitation, and hygiene assistance to 1,685 families over the next year. The cash assistance will provide 75 percent of a family’s food needs. Our partnership with CARE also includes fixing three water systems, constructing 50 latrines, and giving 1,000 families hygiene kits.
Collaboration with the World Food Programme (WFP) will provide food vouchers for a month of food to over 80,000 food-insecure people. These vouchers allow families to obtain food commodities from local vendors and are one of the most cost-effective ways to reach beneficiaries in Yemen.
It is estimated that 16.4 million people in Yemen are in need of health care. Our partnership with MedGlobal will help local facilities provide health-care services for 25,000 people in southern Yemen. MedGlobal will administer equipment, medications, and other supplies to 10 hospitals and clinics, 14 mobile clinics, and one dialysis unit.
Providing Health and Hygiene Support in Cameroon
Cameroon is home to a large number of refugees. We’re partnering with Relief International to address health and sanitation needs that these displaced people have. Their health needs will be addressed by training 30 community health workers to identify diseases and provide referrals for treatment. Our support will also help supply 10 mobile nurses with medications and supplies to provide care in remote areas.
This partnership is helping address sanitation and hygiene needs by providing hygiene and household items to 1,000 families, fixing and constructing 30 latrines, and fixing three water points.
Helping Flood Victims in Syria
In late March, internally displaced people in northern Syria were hit with heavy rains and severe flooding. These floods damaged shelters and destroyed and swept away belongings. We partnered with Rahma Relief Foundation to help feed families as well as provide hygiene kits, pots and pans, blankets, mattresses, and tarps.
Helping Flood Victims in Oklahoma, Missouri, and Texas
Recent weather has caused severe flooding in Oklahoma, Missouri, and Texas. One thousand homes have been damaged by the flooding as well as by recent tornado activity. We’re partnering with the American Red Cross to support shelters and food distributions and to provide cleanup assistance for these disaster-hit areas.