Programme areas and target groups

  • North of Yemen: Sana’a, Amran,  Hajjah, Al Hudaydah and Al Mahwit Governorates
  • South of Yemen: Aden, Lahj and Ad Dhale Governorates

In Yemen, we work with several target groups. We target communities with:

  • high rates of malnourished children under 5
  • high numbers of IDPs
  • high rates of cholera infection
  • families without a stable source of income

Secondary beneficiary selection criteria are families with pregnant and lactating women, families headed by females, orphans, elderly and disabled people and water scarce communities.

In Yemen, ZOA works in the following sectors:

  • Food Security and Livelihoods
  • WASH

What we do in Yemen

ZOA has been working in Yemen since August 2012. However, the escalation of the conflict in March 2015 – which led to a serious deterioration of the situation of many families and communities – acted as turning point for ZOA’s work in the country. In 2020, an estimated 24.3 million people need humanitarian assistance. Additional problems such as floods, COVID-19 and the continuing conflict amongst the warring parties have worsened the already dire situation for most households.

Dual approach: direct implementation and working with partners

In Yemen, ZOA uses a dual implementation approach that includes direct implementation of project activities and partnership with local NGOs.  Due to insecurity, some of ZOA’s programme areas are inaccessible to our staff. In situations like these, we use the experience, networks and credibility of local NGOs to reach those communities faster with the required services that can alleviate their suffering. ZOA’s programmes in Yemen focus on Integrated Famine Risk Reduction (IFRR) and combine food, livelihood, WASH, health and nutrition.

Sustainable solutions in the field of WASH

ZOA provides humanitarian aid focusing on relief and recovery, and always aims to pursue sustainability in its interventions. In Yemen, instead of water trucking, ZOA prioritizes the rehabilitation and /or construction of water infrastructure like rainwater harvesting cisterns, community rainwater harvesting tanks, boreholes and pipe networks.

Yemenis are facing multiple crises, including armed conflict, displacement, risk of famine and disease outbreaks that have created the worst man-made humanitarian crisis. Some 80 per cent of the population – 24.3 million people – are in need of humanitarian assistance.

Due to acute fuel shortages, ZOA also uses Solar powered pumps to run water pumping units that provide portable water to thousands of households. At household level, rooftop rainwater harvesting structures are repaired and tanks supplied so that households can have a reservoir of water to supplement the water collected from communal systems. Besides, colloidal silver water filters are also given to households as a user-friendly mechanism for household water treatment. ZOA also works in sanitation promotion and construction of sanitation facilities, cholera (and now COVID-19) awareness and prevention.

Food security support for vulnerable families

ZOA provides vulnerable families who suffer of malnutrition with food assistance through Cash support and also supports households to establish vegetable home gardens through provision of training and agriculture inputs, which help them to supplement the received food assistance.

Donors and partners

With funding from:

Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs, UN-OCHA (Yemen Humanitarian Fund), ECHO, UNICEF, OFDA, Stichting Mitswah, ZOA Netherlands.

In cooperation with:

Social Development for Hudaydah Girls Foundation (SDHGF), National Foundation for Development and Humanitarian Response (NFDHR),  Abs Development Organisation for Women and Children (ADO), Yemen United Care (YUC), Responsiveness for Rehabilitation & Development Foundation (RRD), Millennium Development Foundation (MDF), Sustainable Development Foundation (SDF), Yemen Association for Water, Environment and Energy (YAWEE), For All Foundation (FAF).