I dug out my old sewing machine recently to mend some clothes and subsequently rediscovered how therapeutic sewing can be. I started with small projects as a way of de-stressing at the end of the day, and now I’m turning my hand to doing something useful. I’ve been making masks for friends and family, and they keep asking ‘how much do I owe you?’. I don’t want or need to be reimbursed, so rather than say nothing I’m inviting people to donate to a cause that is close to my heart - Oxfam’s Yemen Crisis appeal - and here’s why…
Yemen has been in crisis for five years now and the human impact is simply heartbreaking. Civil war has ravaged this beautiful country. In spite of a ceasefire announced in April, the fighting and bombardment continues...
Nearly 20 million Yemenis are in need of basic healthcare and sanitation, 80% of the population are at risk of famine, and women and children are bearing the brunt of the crisis.
Violence against women has risen by 63% since the conflict began and girls as young as 10 are being married off to give families ‘one less mouth to feed’. UNICEF estimates that 30,000 children could develop life-threatening, severe acute malnutrition in the second half of this year, with the total number of malnourished under-fives rising to 2.4 million. This is in addition to the thousands that will die from treatable diseases every month.
The UN described the situation as the world’s worst humanitarian crisis even before the first case of Covid-19 was confirmed in April. Disinformation, destruction of medical facilities and lack of access to critical supplies means the death toll due to Covid 19 is estimated to be double the global average.
Even the smallest donation can make a difference. As little as £3 will help feed a family for a week. My employer will also match the first £250 raised, so please help me reach that milestone :)
If you would like one of my masks, in exchange for a donation, just let me know. I can’t guarantee perfect couture quality masks, but I can say that each has been made with my love and attention. I’ve managed to convince myself that the slightly wobbly seams just add to the charm (I hope you will think so too!)
Thanks, Hels x