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|762 Thousands Poverty Cases in Yemen|
Abdul Rahim Al-Showthabi
Article Date: August 4, 2008
The Social Welfare Fund field researchers' teams completed nearly 51 percent of its task that targeted families that need Social Fund's assistance. Further, 762,943 cases were reported in need for fund according to the study.
Furthermore, The Social Welfare Fund field researchers' teams, which include 1,849 both male and female social researchers and scattered into 324 research teams under 22 supervisors, aim to complete the study very soon, and is expected to cover every village in the country. The field researchers' started their work on June 14 of this year. The reports said that the government completely financed the survey.
The report added that the survey aims to find a comprehensive database of cases that will be examined directly. In addition, the report said that the survey will try to find families that qualify for the benefits provided by the social welfare's law, in order to help and have services reach the people in most need of it.
Yemen is the only low-income country in the Middle East, with 35% of Yemenis living on less than $2 a day. Moreover, it was hit hard by the recent food prices, which threatened to set back its progress on poverty reduction.
Yemen currently ranked 153 out of 177 on the Human Development Index, with female literacy at 34.7% and an annual population growth rate of 3.2%, one of the highest in the world.
Child labor is a fear for the future in Yemen according to some observers, and poverty plays a big role in its increase. The majority of working children are girls who work in agriculture. Although girls in this sector have few educational opportunities, girl education continues to rise on a yearly basis, however, development is only taking baby steps. The governorates of Hajjah, Mahweet, Dammar, Baitha, Ibb, and Abyan have been identified as places with large numbers of child agricultural workers.