What did we accomplish?
- People got clean water: 435,315 got access to clean water sources, nearly 69,000 of them in schools and health centers.
- Families got quality health care: 29,836 people received health services from trained health workers. 4,738 people got treated for malnutrition.
- Everyone got more food: 64% of people spent cash they received on food. 2% of people spent money on water. The remaining money went to health care and paying down existing debts.
- The project worked for participants: depending on the intervention, 89-100% of project participants said they were satisfied with what they received.
How did we get there?
- Build on local resources: CARE re-built local water points rather than spending the money on trucking in water. This leaves resources that communities can continue to use in future. They also distributed water and food vouchers, so people could buy locally and support the economy in the community.
- Do our homework, then be flexible: the project started with a participatory needs assessment so that they could target what families needed most. Once the cholera outbreak started, they dramatically increased WASH activities to help protect the most vulnerable people in the community.
- Think about the whole portfolio: The project team used this money to fill in gaps from other programmes and avoid duplicating effort. So in a community where another donor was focusing on food distribution, CARE focused this money on water.
- Focus on gender: The project did a training in gender mainstreaming for all staff and used CARE’s Gender Marker as a way to measure progress towards quality gender programming.
Want to learn more?
This project was funded by the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs/Dutch Relief Alliance which funded the Yemen Joint Response with $8.2 million from 2015-2017. Other implementers include Save the Children, IRC, Oxfam, and ZOA.
Check out the full evaluation here.