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Humanitarian Support Is Served Fair And Square

It’s most unfortunate that a small village where an estimated 168 vulnerable households are extremely food insecure and living mostly below the poverty line. Al-Hagnoon is a village which has never received any humanitarian assistance, nor has it been provided with the needed support through any humanitarian actors before. This village is located in Alzakeria sub-district, Ash Shamayatayn district of Taizz governorate. Its inhabitants are acutely suffering from lack of food, and they are in a desperate need of urgent humanitarian assistance.

As a result, Relief and Development Peer Foundation (RDP) in partnership with Bena Charity for Human Development (BCHD) has been implementing the project of “Emergency Food Assistance to the most Affected and Vulnerable Households” in Ash Shamayatayn district since December 2017. It is funded by Yemen Humanitarian Pool Fund (YHPF). This project aims to increase sufficient access to food rations for vulnerable households in Al-Asabih, Adeem, Hadharem, and lately Alzakeria sub-districts.

On May 10th, 2018, 22 staff members of our FSL field team did a great job organizing a remarkable election to form a community committee in Al-Hagnoon village of Alzakeria sub-district. Duties, roles, and responsibilities of a community committee were clarified for the huge gathering of hundreds of people and highlighted in a banner as well. Significantly, the whole community has been fully briefed on the project’s objectives, activities, frequency of distribution, and the selection criteria of beneficiaries.

Clearly, over 251 people disaggregated (142 female, 109 male) of Al-Hagnoon population were gathering to form the community committee. Most importantly, they have now become aware that a community committee is voluntary work to help us reach those most in need people who live in hard-to-reach areas all over the society. 10 candidates (5 Male and 5 female) from the same village had nominated themselves and ran for the election. When nominating, community members had to vote with a show of hands in public.

After a while, the results of the election have been announced that 5 members (3 male and 2 female) were selected as the community committee of Al-Hagnoon village in Alzakeria sub-district of Ash Shamayatayn district, Taizz governorate.

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