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Crisis in Yemen
Malnourished Ferial Elias, 2, gestures as she is being weighed at a malnutrition treatment ward at al-Thawra hospital in Hodeidah, Yemen November 3, 2018. Picture taken November 3, 2018. REUTERS/Abduljabbar Zeyad – RC12B1280CC0
The International Rescue Committee reports that Yemen is experiencing the worst famine in 100 years, compounded by a recent cholera and coronavirus outbreak. The ongoing armed conflict and Saudi-led coalition air strikes continue to devastate infrastructures in health care, water systems, sanitation, and schools. People are unable to afford or access food.
The International Rescue Committee provides lifesaving emergency aid, clean water, education, women’s protection and medical care to millions of people in Yemen. First Pres. Berkeley partners locally with IRC Oakland and we are sharing ways to support their efforts.
International Rescue committee recommends helping Yemen’s humanitarian crisis:
Call Congress: A growing number of Members of Congress are recognizing that U.S. military support is fueling the conflict in Yemen and increasing civilian suffering, and they have the power to stop it. Make your voice heard by calling Congress at (202) 224-3121 to insist the U.S. end its military support and use its leverage to push for an inclusive peace agreement to end the war.
Presbyterian Disaster Assistance
The Presbyterian Disaster Assistance (PDA) and the Presbyterian Hunger Program (PHP) are joining with One great Hour of Sharing. Since Yemen is an Islamic nation with a very small Christian presence, the PDA does not have church partners and is working to support the people of Yemen to provide relief to conflict-affected communities through focused projects like one in the Al Mukha district in the southwest corner of the country. The project will provide fishing kits and training to almost 500 families of internally displaced people. The partnership does two things strategically: It puts local people in charge of the projects, and it provides a long-term solution to hunger and poverty. You can support the work of PHP and PDA by giving to One Great Hour of Sharing. Click here for more information.
The Racial Justice and the Church working group is sharing a resource list for how we can take steps in learning about anti-racism. Take a look at our current “top” recommendations for learning about anti-racism. This list will be updated as we discover, examine, and endorse additional educational materials. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org, Beth Thomsen at email@example.com, or Tom Elson at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
Mission Outreach partners and First Pres congregants are sharing their front-line work close up and personally through these short videos. More videos will be added regularly!
Support our Mission partners and community: Many of our partners have needs during this time, especially local partners who are providing food, healthcare, and refugee support.
In light of the Covid19 pandemic, we are creating a Special Offering for our front-line partners that are focused on additional food programs for the most vulnerable. Donate here.
Check out virtual fundraisers for our mission partners!