Since the start of the current conflict in Yemen and in response to the rapidly deteriorating humanitarian situation in the country, The British–Yemeni Society has been running its Yemen Crisis Appeal. The Society collected from members and friends more than £30,000 in donations, which it distributed equally between Doctors Without Borders/Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF), and the Yemen Red Crescent Society. This is no mean achievement for a Society of our size, and every member can take pride in it.
B-YS now supports three projects in the health field, all making a vital contribution to the Covid-19 response. Given the current fragmentation of Yemen, we ensure that our response is geographically spread. In Sana'a, we support the Yemen Education & Relief Organisation (YERO), run by the enterprising Nouria Nagi OBE, which looks after orphans, whose numbers are now swelled both by the war and the pandemic. B-YS is providing vital equipment to support their efforts in raising awareness on how best to avoid the virus. In Aden, we continue our support to the Ras Morbat Eye Clinic, providing an essential service to the local population in spite of insecurity and fighting. B-YS now supports the provision of PPE for staff and masks for patients. In Mukalla, the capital of the Hadhramaut region, B-YS supports the Al-Rahma clinic, one of the few operating in the oldest and poorest part of this city. The clinic relies largely on donations from locals and the Hadhrami diaspora.
The British–Yemeni Society would like to thank its members and everyone who has donated to the Yemen Crisis Appeal and encourage you to remain as generous to the people of Yemen as before. You can donate by setting up a transfer to the Society's bank account whose details are on the Membership Application Form (you don't need to be a member to make a donation!) and, if you are a UK taxpayer, you can increase your donation by a significant 25% by completing our Gift Aid Form, if you have not done this already. Alternatively, you can send a cheque - with the Gift Aid form if applicable - to the British Yemeni Society at: The Gateway, 85-101 Sankey Street, Warrington, WA1 1SR, UK. Thank you