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Families in Yemen caught amid the crossfire of conflict are suffering at increasingly dire levels in what the UN describes as one of the world’s worst humanitarian crises. 

Estimates indicate a staggering 20.7 million people are in need of humanitarian assistance with 11.3 million of those being children. Others estimate these figures could even be as high as 24.3 million and 14.4 million respectively. 

Famine is widespread. 2.3 million children are acutely malnourished and 400,000 are severely malnourished.

In the last twelve months, our team has accomplished:


Years of conflict has led to a humanitarian crisis in addition to widespread damage to infrastructure throughout Yemen. 4.3 million people are displaced and millions more are living in poverty. Amongst those who are internally displaced, over 50% are on the brink of famine. The housing crisis is rampant and the need for safe shelter is great. Families are now commonly forced to live in huts and makeshift structures.  

The Zahra Trust has been working to address multidimensional poverty in Yemen through various emergency and long-term sustainable programmes including essential needs such as medical aid, clean drinking water, shelter and seasonal aid.

Recently, we secured a plot of land in Al Hudayda with a plan to build 200 homes for families to live in so that they can begin to rebuild their lives. Houses come furnished and in two sizes: 100 square meters or 70 square meters depending on the family size. Once the homes have been built, we hand the deeds over to the families directly so it’s theirs for life. Each house costs £18,000 and will provide a safe place to live for a family so they can begin to work towards a brighter future. 

As the crisis continues, the need for humanitarian assistance in Yemen increases each day and we can only continue to provide relief with your support.

Food & Medical Aid 

Help provide much needed support by providing food and medical essentials. This may be in the form of food parcels which can sustain a family for up to one month, meals and/or Qurbani. Medical relief may provide much needed life-saving medication or access to health care services such as cataract surgery, cholera vaccination among many other treatments. 


Water Aid 

The average Yemeni has access to only 140 cubic meters of water per year (101 gallons per day) for all uses. For reference, the Middle Eastern average is 1000 cubic meters per year, and the internationally defined threshold for water stress is 1700 cubic meters per year. Our ultra-filtration water plants provide up to 60000 litres of clean water per day with capacity to support up to 50,000 people.   

Emergency Aid 

With millions in need of acute aid, we work to provide beneficiaries with whatever they need most. This may be in the form of food, medical support, water or financial relief.  

Frequently Asked Questions About Yemen

Where does The Zahra Trust work in Yemen?

The Zahra Trust works in Sana’a, Al Hudaydah and Aden, with a key focus on the following vulnerable villages of Sawa’an, Al Juraf, Al hassba, Bani Al harth, Al safia, Bait Qureshi and Taiz.

How does The Zahra Trust access Yemen if it’s a conflict zone?

The Zahra Trust has experience working in Yemen since 2016 with an array of stakeholders.

Are banks working in Yemen?

The Zahra Trust has years of experience delivering humanitarian aid to those in need. The banking system in Yemen is still operating and we do have contingency plans to secure our aid delivery system in the event that the banking system is impacted. Please be assured that as a registered charity, The Zahra Trust is fully aware of and complies with all legislation including but not limited to that concerning sanctions. With your help, we will continue to help those in need of support.


Do you have Ijaza to collect Khums? 

Yes, we have ijaza from Ayatollah Sistani, Ayatollah Basheer Hussain Najafi, Ayatollah Ishaq al Fayadh and Ayatollah Saeed al Hakim.

Can I fundraise on behalf of TZT on justgiving or fund me? Or any social media platform?

Yes, subject to checks and approval, we will support you in creating your page. We prefer using the JustGiving platform. Once approved, we can send you a volunteer’s pack.