Yemen: Humanitarian Relief
CharityWatch, a leading charity watchdog that issues letter grade (A+ to F) ratings of nonprofit groups, announces a list of highly efficient charities involved in efforts to provide emergency relief and humanitarian assistance to the people of Yemen.
Yemen has been added to the United Nations' list of severe humanitarian emergencies, with 80% of the impoverished country's 25 million citizens in need of urgent help. Approximately 13 million Yemeni people are hungry and 15 million have no access to health care. An ongoing bombing campaign by Saudi Arabia began in March 2015. The armed conflict has claimed an estimated 3,000 lives, and is the biggest obstacle for relief groups attempting to reach the Yemeni people most in need of aid.
(Photo Credit "Destroyed house in the south of Sanaa 12-6-2015-3" by Ibrahem Qasim - Own work. Licensed under CC BY-SA 4.0 via Wikimedia Commons)
The charities listed below perform favorably in relation to CharityWatch benchmarks:
1) A charity should spend at least 75% of its budget on program services.
2) A charity should spend no more than $25 to raise $100.
Contact your favorite charities to find out if they provide the specific types of aid that you would like to fund, e.g., emergency shelters, food and water, health care, psychological trauma counseling, etc...
As with any charitable contribution, Americans wanting to help with humanitarian relief efforts should send contributions to only those charities with an established track record of helping people in need.
People need to be on guard concerning the surge of solicitations related to any highly publicized crisis. There will be fraudulent charity solicitations, some involving websites and email links attempting to steal your credit card information for identity theft or insert malware on your computer. Only give to legitimate charities with a track record of being able to help people in need.
Social media will include many fake victims. Do not donate to unknown individuals that purport to need aid that post on Facebook, Craigslist, Indiegogo, etc... These are likely to be fraudsters, who may even be from another country and out of reach of our US regulatory system. Even if they are legitimate victims they may receive an unfairly large amount of aid.
SEND A CHECK, NOT GOODS
The best way to help is by sending a check. Cash donations enable charities to buy the most needed types of food, medicine, clothing, shelter materials and other supplies. By buying relief products locally or regionally, charities can reduce shipping costs and more rapidly deliver assistance. Before sending any goods, first contact the charity to find out if they are appropriate and if it will be cost effective to distribute them. For example, after a tsunami in the Pacific, boxes of donated winter coats, scarves and fuzzy hats, completely useless items in tsunami-stricken nations with tropical climates, were sent to these nations.
CharityWatch identifies the following charities, which are providing humanitarian relief to Syrians, that receive an “A” or “B” grade based on the portion of their budget going to program services and their fundraising efficiency. Contact the organizations below for information on specific relief operations now underway.