There is a severe food crisis in Yemen. According to the World Food Programme, hunger in Yemen has doubled over the past two years. In May, aid agencies warned that almost half the country's population of 25 million does not have enough food to eat and a third of children in some areas are severely malnourished. Last week, Oxfam issued a joint appeal with Islamic Relief for $38m, claiming that 5 million people are in need of emergency aid. The UN – which estimates that 267,000 children face life-threatening levels of malnutrition – has increased the total sought for its humanitarian appeal from $447m to $586m. However, funds have so far been difficult to raise.

A nationwide campaign to raise donations to counter food shortage in Yemen was launched in the United Arab Emirates on June 29. The campaign was launched by the Red Crescent Authority in cooperation with the Khalifa Bin Zayed Humanitarian Foundation and the Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Humanitarian and Charity Foundation. The campaign aims to raise donations to help improve the humanitarian situation in Yemen. It follows a grant of 500 million dirhams ($136 million) to Yemen by UAE President Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan as food aid.

Please visit any of the above mentioned organizations to donate. 

Alternatively, you can donate online through Groupon:
Save the Children has teamed up with Groupon to allow you to donate easily. All revenues will be used to provide meals to beneficiaries based in Yemen.

Spread the blessings this Ramadan and donate to the starving families of Yemen. Every little bit counts!


As Ramadan is the month of generosity and giving, LivingSocial UAE has teamed up again with Food Street to make it easier for you to share your blessings by donating an iftar to a labourer. For just AED 24 you can donate iftar boxes for labourers. Your donation will provide one labourer with two Iftar boxes; each lovingly packed with chicken biryani, a yogurt dip, samosa, pakora, mint dip, dates, fruit, cupcake, juice and water. The more deals you donate, the more smiles you put on people’s faces.


Throughout Ramadan, all donations to the World food Programme’s ‘school meals’ scheme in developing countries will be matched by Dubai’s Rotary Club. When you donate Dhs100, once matched, it will feed a child for an entire school year.


The Red Crescent organisation is constantly seeking donations and financial aid for those it supports, including families in the UAE, Palestine, Yemen and beyond.
Dhs300-Dhs1,000 per month. Call or email to (800 733).


For companies or individuals looking to make a large gesture this Ramadan, the Hyatt Regency is putting together iftar Sa’em boxes from Emirati kitchen Laylati, that can be handed out at mosques or to the needy for breaking the fast.
Dhs20-25 per box. Call or email to enquire. Hyatt Regency, Deira, (04 209 6990).


If you have old sneakers kicking around the house, Soles for Soles is taking donations of clean trainers for the UAE’s labourers.
Sun-Thu 9am-6pm. Ongoing. Drop-off point: Fortune Promoseven, Office 449, Emarat Atrium, Sheikh Zayed Road. Call Arun (050 457 6873).

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