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