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About Our Work

01About HRD

Our mission: To improve the lives of individuals and families affected by the war in Yemen through a range of sustainable projects, providing tangible results with a positive impact.


We are a non-governmental, 501(c)(3) charitable organization dedicated to alleviating the suffering caused by the ongoing conflict in Yemen. Officially established in New York City in 2018, from its more informal beginnings in 2015, HRD is the result of friends and community pulling together to find a way to help those less fortunate.

Losing loved ones throughout the war ignited our desire to help others in Yemen who have suffered through meaningful initiatives. Our initial project was opening Mercy Bakeries with the goal to provide at least 2,000 loaves of bread a day to families in need.

Here at HRD, we believe no family should be forced to make a choice between healthcare and food. By working with local governments and residents, we procure supplies from inside the country to distribute them to those facing adversity like women, children, and families.

We seek to empower and support individuals by supporting projects centered around food security and livelihood development. When a community in a conflict zone receives access to free food and individuals obtain financial assistance, it can rekindle hope and change everything as one of their basic life needs are met and focus can go to things like education to rebuild the country.

At HRD, careful evaluation of cultural norms of discretion and beneficiary privacy are considered to dissolve any fear of judgement a potential service recipient may feel if others know they are receiving services. We even provide delivery services. Community involvement is at the core of all our projects as we see it as the way to build projects with longevity.

We approach all our initiatives with a family helping family philosophy as we see everything we do as making an impact on the life of a family member. Our staff is made up of staff and volunteers who are passionate about development and fostering change, particularly locals of the communities where we work. We are registered on GuideStar, which reports on the transparency of nonprofit organizations and provides more information about us.

02Story of four friends

Humanity for Relief and development, (HRD), began with a group of Yemeni childhood friends seeing the suffering in Yemen and wanting to help. The group would meet up after Friday prayers to discuss the situation in Yemen, until they decided that they had to do something themselves to help those caught in the devastation of the war-torn country.

The initial idea that became the first project involved providing a stable water supply to a number of villages where a lack of resources meant water was a scarce commodity. Together with friends and family, the group funded the initiative to restore water, and it proved successful.

From those early beginnings, HRD has built a strong and dedicated team of volunteers who work tirelessly to reach those who need our help. Our volunteers are passionate and committed to helping the needy one life at a time as we all work together to write the next chapter of our story.

03Global Relief Efforts

Since our humble beginnings,  we have sought out smaller projects to assist, ranging from helping school teachers who had their salaries cut due to withdrawal of government funding, to doing a yearly Ramadan food basket that included flour, sugar, rice, and dates for poor families in rural areas.

As the war continued and the conditions worsened, our work began to focus more orphans, widows and families without a head of household to take care of them. It has been a long but rewarding journey that has allowed us to help many people, and we are very proud of our record.

04Meet Our Team

Working across the globe. Our US team is volunteer based, including board members, with a diverse group of dedicated team members who work diligently to ensure the success of every project.   The team extends a helping hand to not only assist in fulfilling a need but, to engage the community in participating and getting involved.

Our team members based in Yemen include a project manager and a team of volunteers who provide invaluable oversight of each project and budget. A large number of our volunteers are orphans themselves. As such, they are very dedicated to the work and passionate about ensuring that everything is done to relieve the suffering of others.

Maeen Ali

President

Ali Muharram

Treasurer

Hend Anbar

Country Director Yemen

Khalil Refai

Vice President

We aim to continue to help those who are suffering around the globe.