UK charity to open two bread factories in Yemen to feed 6,000 every day
UK charity Muslim Hands is opening two bread factories in Aden and Ma’rib as part of their £1.5 million pledge to support various projects in Yemen. The bread factories will aim to support food-insecure families by baking 6,000 loaves each daily for the next six months, which will reach out to 3,000 beneficiaries every day in each location. The bread factory in Aden will open its doors at the beginning of August, with Ma’rib following one month later.
The ongoing war has created the worst humanitarian crisis in the world where 2/3 Yemenis cannot afford to buy food and half of the country is now on the brink of starvation. Intervention is vital if millions of people are to survive, with women and children being the most vulnerable.
The bread factory will distribute in four districts per location ensuring that as many people in need are being reached such as those internally displaced, disabled and child-headed households. It will also create job opportunities and a steady income for those who work at the factories with the hope that the project will continue for the foreseeable future in other locations.
Muslim Hands has also initiated a bread factory project in northern Syria which produces 30,000 flat loaves a day, feeding thousands of people daily. Bread is a staple food in conflict regions such as Syria and Yemen and is a contributing factor in reducing food insecurity for millions.
To find out more about Muslim Hands and the work we do visit muslimhands.org.uk or call 0115 9117222.
Abdul Rahman Hussein, Country Director Yemen Programmes, said:
'Bread is a staple food we take for granted but in Yemen it can save lives. For many Yemenis the bread factory will provide the only meal they will have in the day. This basic item will stop thousands of people starving. All the running costs of the project are covered by Muslim Hands, and with our donors supporting they are helping to alleviate hunger, provide stability and normality to communities that have been devastated by years of conflict'.
Notes to editors
- Established in 1993, Muslim Hands is an international aid agency and NGO dedicated to providing emergency relief and tackling the root causes of poverty around the world.
- Muslim Hands works in over 30 countries worldwide.
- Yemen is the largest humanitarian crisis in the world, with more than 24 million people, some 80 percent of the population in need of humanitarian assistance - UNCHR
- We rely on voluntary donations to continue our vital work. You can donate now by calling 0115 911 7222 or visiting muslimhands.org.uk