Programme areas and target groups

  • North of Yemen: Sana’a, Hajjah, Al Hudaydah and Al Mahwit Governorates
  • South of Yemen: Aden, Lahj and Shabwah 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 stable income source

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

ZOA-Yemen work in the following sectors:

  • Food Security and Livelihoods
  • WASH
  • Shelter

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 households and communities, acted as turning point for ZOA’s work in the country. In 2018, an estimated 22.2 million (of 29.3 million) people needed humanitarian assistance, and the military escalation in the middle of the year in the vital port city of Al Hudaydah which is a gateway for major imports into the country 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 its staffs, we therefore leverage on 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 the country focus on Integrated Famine Risk Reduction programmes (IFRR) with food, livelihood, WASH, health and nutrition.

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 75 per cent of the population – 22.2 million people – are in need of humanitarian assistance.

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, boreholes and pipe networks. Due to acute fuel shortages, ZOA is also increasingly using 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 that 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 supports households to establish vegetable home gardens to supplement food assistance provided to them. During the 2016/17 cholera outbreak, ZOA was involved in sanitation promotion and construction of sanitation facilities, cholera awareness and prevention. This has continued to be part and parcel of all ZOA WASH programmes in Yemen.

Donors and partners

With funding from:

Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs, UN-OCHA, ECHO, UNICEF, OFDA, DEC, JOA, 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).