“EMPOWERING YEMENI ORPHANS AND STRENGTHENING THEIR RESILIENCE”
All Children have the right to survive and develop, and to be happy, healthy, and protected.
Orphaned children are considered the weakest social group in the course of the tragic conditions experienced by the Yemeni people because of the military operations launched while the displacement of many Yemenis from their occupied areas to other areas, increases Yemenis suffering in general and orphaned Yemeni children in particular.
IRVD organization did not stand idly by in front of these children’s need for support, protection, and steadfastness in the face of the war and the conditions it imposed on them.
IRVD hastened to launch the” EMPOWERING YEMENI ORPHANS AND STRENGTHENING THEIR RESILIENCE ” project funded by KS Relief
The project targets orphans in three Yemeni governorates, Aden, Ma’rib, and Al-Mahra. Also included sponsoring 1,000 orphans to ensure their empowerment, rehabilitation, and integration into society.
One of the main goals was to reintegrate children formerly associated with armed conflict into society.
The project involved determining the medical needs of the children, providing psychiatric rehabilitation, reintegrating the children into their communities, enrolling the children in schools, and following up with them.
It also gives priority to orphans who are not covered by other sponsorship programs and focuses on orphans who lost both parents, to improve their conditions and the conditions of their families, and protect them from homelessness, delinquency, and extremism.
The support devoted to orphans was divided into several parts, including a monthly guarantee of $30 per month for the one-year duration of the project, and a clothing supply that was provided twice during the project period, in addition to an educational grant of 20$ that had been given to the orphans twice during the duration of the project, to encourage them to learn and commit to their schools, moreover, a school bag was provided with all the needed stationery.
The “EMPOWERING YEMENI ORPHANS AND STRENGTHENING THEIR RESILIENCE” project funded by KS Relief also included providing health and psychological care for sponsored children, by contracting with primary health care and mental health centers, which provide free-of-charge examinations for orphaned children once a month.
The project considers many factors in the selection of sponsored children, to reach the orphans most in need of support. Priority is given to children of missing parents and detainees, as well as children of families with more than five members, and orphans in the age group of primary-prep education (from 6 to 15 years old). It also covered more than two children from one family to increase the base of the benefiting families.
1000 orphans were benefiting from this project. 400 orphans in Ma’rib, 300 orphans in Aden, and 300 orphans in Al-Mahra. While 75% of the orphan beneficiaries are residents of their areas of origin, and 25% are IDPs. The project considers the support of both genders, as the percentage of female beneficiaries is 45% and the percentage of males is 55%.
According to a report by UN agencies, Yemen is one of the worst countries for children, as there are 11.3 million children in need of humanitarian assistance, and at least 2 million are out of school and require urgent educational assistance.
During the conflict in Yemen, children are losing their right to live a normal life.
IRVD embarked upon its project to support orphaned children in Yemen, with the hope of extracting them from the clutches of war, extremism, and terrorism, and integrating them into normal community life, placing their school bags on their shoulders, and returning them safely to their schools and families.
Hadi is one of the children who benefited from the project to empower orphans with the support of the King Salman Relief Center and returned to his school and daily activity.