Twitter Brought Fatik Al-Rodaini and Dr. R.S. Karim together. As friends who had both either experienced or seen poverty first hand, they discussed the situation in Yemen, the most impoverished country in the Middle East.
With a single intent and a single goal, an idea was concieved: 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 Harf Sufiyan.
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.
Since April 2015, Mona Relief has distributed thousands of blankets, over seven million meals, school bags and kits to thousands of children so that they can continue their education in the face of adversity.
We have delivered hundreds of pairs of shoes to orphanages, clothes to thousands of IDP's, and have put into effect a program where our volunteers go door to door and deliver critical aid to the disabled and the elderly.
Our projects span from the capital city of Sana'a to the Governarates of Amran, Hajjah and the port city of Al Hodeidah