FAMILIES IN NEED
Imagine being unemployed and being told you can go back to work. Imagine being able to live in a place to call your own. Established with the vision of getting individuals and families to become self-sufficient again, Project Uplift aims to empower those impacted by armed conflict. Project Uplift is designed to help people like a Social Studies teacher in Yemen who stopped receiving his salary like other teachers in Yemen once the war began. Forced to leave his apartment and rent a small store that barely fits his family of six, he currently relies on carrying building materials and his older son to provide for his family. We are currently helping him find a new home and begin his own business. Education is essential for country development and social mobility, nearly three quarters of public school teachers in 11 governorates have not been paid for over two school years, which has disrupted the schooling of around 3.7 million children in these governorates according to UNICEF.
Project Uplift seeks to provide individuals and families with new opportunities given their newfound circumstances. As a result of the civil war in Yemen, many families have been left without their financial providers who have gone to partake in the war or died. Job loss and the failure of the state to pay civil servants, teachers, and healthcare workers has resulted in a major impact on the livelihood of citizens. Recognizing that individuals want to return to work and be independent, HRD has developed Project Uplift to provide hope and initial support for families. Beneficiaries receive a new start as we provide them with a year of free rent, furniture, and home renovation support. Any required job trainings or initial business start-up finances are covered to ensure individuals can proudly earn their own living.
When people have jobs, they ascertain autonomy and improve their quality of life. We look to help those who are willing and able to work. By selecting individuals and families who are beneficiaries from Mercy Bakeries and Mercy Kitchens after conducting a needs-based assessment and home visit, the people we help are those whose stories we have gotten to know. After someone has benefited from Project Uplift, we remove them from our list of beneficiaries and help someone else in need. To sponsor a family, it costs approximately $3,500 year, which is a lot of lives improved when a typical household in Yemen is made up of 7 people. Living in Yemen is cheaper than many places in the world, but in the wake of war and job loss many families are struggling.
ORPHAN FAMILY SUPPORT
Alongside helping families, Project Uplift also aims to help orphans as children are the most vulnerable group affected by Yemen’s conflict. During conflict and displacement situations, the role of the child in a family shifts to that of laborer as families prioritize survival over education. With a lack of education opportunities for young people, this increases their risk of recruitment by militias or being forced into early marriages. Attacks on infrastructure and lack of hard assets makes it difficult for children to thrive. HRD is offering protection and shelter, supporting children’s access to education, medical care, and healthy food through means that are empowering and edifying. HRD rebuilt Dar AL-Shawkani Orphans Center, located in Sana’a to provide:
HRD stresses community diversity, which is why host and IDP orphans are selected as beneficiaries, alongside representation of children with disabilities, and a focus on child-headed households attaining a full education. To know more about the needs of targeted families and children and to understand the environment that refugees live in, the HRD project team conducts home visits regarding social, physical, and mental heath, educational attainment, economic situation of the families. At HRD, our goal is to facilitate long-term and sustainable change in the lives of those in need. Project Uplift is meant to provide people who have fallen in hard times with a new chance for self-sufficiency.
July 14, 2021