Yemen is currently facing one of the largest humanitarian crises in the world. They are in the midst of a civil war that has prevented proper food access and medical care. Eighty percent of its population is in poverty and millions have died due to malnutrition and disease. The U.N. has warned that deaths from COVID-19 could exceed wartime fatalities.
“I remember I was scrolling through my feed mindlessly and saw this child covered in dust and blood. The top of the video said ‘The world has failed Yemen’ and I knew I wanted to help in some way,” said senior Isis Poulose, HeARTS for Yemen creator.
Poulose and some fellow artists collaborated to create art in the hopes that their followers would make a direct donation to any organization that helps Yemen. Artwork created by the volunteers has included clay figurines, handmade t-shirts, commissioned sketches and line art, stickers, and much more.
“Just because the rest of the world didn’t care didn’t mean I didn’t,” said Poulose.
Since the creation of HeARTS for Yemen in July, the dedicated group has raised over $1,000 for various charities working on the ground in Yemen. The artists are now more than halfway to their $1,500 goal.
“I feel very proud that I could be part of such an amazing and helpful project especially after we have reached our goal, although I’m a little bit sad that it’s lost traction recently. But I’m not ready to give up,” said senior Karina Murugesu.
If you are interested in an art piece, donate to one of the organizations listed on their Instagram. DM them a screenshot of your donation and based on how much donated you will be able to receive an art piece for the same price point.
If you or someone you know has a skill that you would like to use to help Yemen, feel free to DM the group at Instagram@heartsforyemen or email them at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Learn more about their goals, how they operate, and the recent news in Yemen at HeARTS for Yemen’s website https://heartsforyemen.wixsite.com/mysite.