The terrible situation in Yemen is now regarded as one the greatest humanitarian crisis of our time. And the Rotary charity, Aquabox, is doing its best to help the situation.
People in the Arabian country are trapped in a dreadful cycle of conflict, starvation and sickness. Access to safe drinking water is extremely limited or non-existent.
It is estimated that 17 million are currently at risk, including 11 million children. There have been over 85 000 child deaths since the conflict began.
According to Aquabox, water supplies and sanitation systems have been decimated – in some cases deliberately targeted. Cholera is at epidemic levels as a result.
“We have acted to support and empower the people in this dreadful environment,” said Trustee Roz Adamson.
Rotary District 1220’s own charity, Aquabox, and a partner charity, JOY (Jubilee Outreach Yorkshire) have delivered and successfully distributed three humanitarian aid packages to the country over the past two years.
“This has been accomplished despite the intrinsic danger to those acting on our behalf,” added Roz.
The joint consignments contain Aquabox’s family water filters and other items of humanitarian aid, together with much-needed dried food and medical supplies/equipment from JOY.
Roz said: “More than 5,000 people have been supported by our aid, many in small family groups. More is needed.
“The latest shipment has now been distributed to local groups and we were so pleased to received images of our aid reaching families.
“Please help support us in this and other work we do to supply safe drinking water and aid to those in need in disaster areas across the world.”