Volunteers, NGOs and UN agencies work together to reach the most vulnerable in Al Hodeidah City
In Al Hodeidah City, the Protection Network finds vulnerable households and links them with UNHCR’s Monitoring and Mixed Solutions project. The Network is made up of community volunteers, many of whom are themselves displaced, which helps them to identify who really needs help. The Protection Network found Eamon several years after she had been displaced by fighting from Haradh in neighbouring Hajjah Governorate. She had initially stayed with family but after two years she rented a place with her husband and children. Her husband had owned a business in Haradh, but this was bombed and her husband was traumatized by what he saw in the aftermath. In Al Hodeidah City, he earned a little money working as a taxi driver, using a motorcycle Eamon bought after selling her jewelry. Although friends and family helped out and the landlord was patient with the rent, life for Eamon and her family was a daily struggle. The Protection Network linked Eamon with Social Development Hodeidah Girls Foundation (SDHGF), a local NGO that runs the Protection Monitoring and Mixed Solutions project at its IDPs Centre. The project gave a one-off payment of 100,000 Yemeni rials (about US$180) to Eamon’s family and provided her husband with psychological support. Under another SDHGF programme supported by Oxfam which focuses on women’s empowerment, Eamon learned to sew and was given a sewing machine. Separately, WFP provides a monthly food basket to the family.
Though life continues to be a challenge for Eamon’s family, it is now easier. Remembering how people helped her, Eamon now tries to give back, sharing her money and food and using the sewing machine to make clothes for people who cannot afford to pay. “Life is easier now”, she says, “Hodeidah Girls helped to give me hope”. UNHCR’s Protection Monitoring and Mixed Solutions to IDPs and Conflict-Affected Individuals started in 2017 and is implemented by SDHGF. It aims to empower the IDP community through providing protection monitoring and other protection services.
In 2019, the project provided almost 14,000 households with cash assistance; provided psychosocial and legal support to over 3,438 people; obtained civil documentation for 1,326 individuals, provided 47,045 individuals with awareness raising sessions on protection issues and referred 11,732 people on to other support.
*Names have been changed to protect Eamon’s and her family’s identity.