Yemen Organization for Humanitarian Relief and Development (Mona)
Yemen Organization for Humanitarian Relief and Development (Mona), is a national independent, non-governmental and non-profitable organization based in Yemen. The organization activities are mainly focused in the field of humanitarian relief and development by motivating and organizing volunteer, charitable and humanitarian work.
Founder: Fatik Abudullah Al-Rodaini
Fatik is a Journalist and a Human Rights activist based in Sana'a, Yemen, he holds a Bachelor of Arts in Mass-media from Sana'a University. Following the Invasion of Yemen by Saudi Arabia and allies, Fatik started posting real time blogs, tweets on Social Media. Fatik is responsible for volunteers, sourcing and distribution of critical aid 'on the ground', and he puts his life on the line everyday to distribute aid under extremely dangerous conditions.
Co-founder: Hassan Aziz
Hassan is a Danish nationality and helps with the web activities of Mona Relief Yemen. Hassan has been with Mona Relief since the very beginning, and has been assisting to all the fundraising campaigns. Hassan met with Fatik on Twitter when Fatik was tweeting about the daily crimes that happened in Yemen. As the situation got worse, Fatik started Mona Relief, where since then Hassan assisted with the campaign activities. The first campaign launched was #20foryemen. Hassan is responsible for Mona Relief web activities such as fundraising campaigns, project management, content etc.
Co-founder: Leah Ferguson
Leah V. Ferguson is Canadian-born activist dedicated to caring For children living in war-torn Countries. Leah's career has taken her across Canada, USA, Mexico and parts of Europe. The humanitarian crisis in Yemen caught her attention in March of 2015, and she turned her focus to getting aid to the Yemeni families in dire need. Leah met Fatik al-Rodaini thru social media, and they immediately developed a close working relationship. Together they have successfully launched fundraising campaigns to provide support for Yemeni families suffering terribly under the blockade of their country. With Leah's background as a counselor for persons with disabilities, and her other career of digital publishing, she has made use of her news outlets to help raise awareness and launch fundraising campaigns. Leah has a background as a Child Youth Care Worker, and has worked for both Federal and Provincial programs in Canada. Leah also has been publishing news sites since 1992.
With a single intent and a single goal, an idea was conceived: the idea to somehow go around the current Blockade on Yemen and help those who are displaced by war. With this idea the #20ForYemen project was started on Twitter. In as little as 10 days, Twitter responded to our initial call to action, and we raised $4200. This amount was enough to feed almost 150 families for a month. Mona Relief was on its way to bigger things
Our name, Mona, has a story of its own. Mona is the name of the lady who donated the very first $1000 for us to make our first delivery of food to Internally Displaced Person's (IDPs) in the area of Nuqim in Sana’a. Mona's generosity and spirit of humanity was infectious; she exuded of positivity and compassion. Upon recognizing and appreciating her spirit, we decided to name our organization after her, as she exemplifies everything that is good about humanity.
The basic idea was to collect funds and send them to Yemen. Our fantastic ground crew, in turn, source and buy food locally and distribute it under the management of Fatik Al-Rodaini, the founder of Mona Relief who is based in Sana'a, Yemen. This method is the only way to beat the complete land, air and naval blockade which is currently in place. The idea has proven to be successful. We have thus far managed to distribute over 7 million meals to Internally Displaced (IDP) Families. Nonetheless, much more needs to be done.
To prevent and alleviate human suffering in the face of emergencies with the power of collaborative efforts and the generosity of donors.
To be the most effective humanitarian organization in Yemen, with a view to preventing and alleviating human suffering, and promoting human dignity.
Our fundamental principles promote: Humanity, Impartiality, Neutrality, Independence, Voluntary Service, Unity, Transparency.