It would be incredibly selfish of us to put together a baby registry for our child, who (with every indication) will grow up in a comfortable, nourishing and nurturing home, while those across the globe are struggling to meet even basic needs for their children. We have decided to donate to the International Rescue Committee's efforts to provide health and medical services in countries across the world, including war-torn Yemen.
Yemen, located on the southern tip of the Arabian Peninsula, has been plagued for years by widespread violence in a civil war (in which the U.S. is shamefully involved), as well as poverty, malnutrition and disease. Nearly 21 million need humanitarian aid, a deadly famine is looming, and cholera remains a threat. This is one of the world's most severe humanitarian crises.
The IRC's efforts in Yemen include providing health, nutrition, water and sanitation services to more than a quarter-million people and delivering essential drugs and medical supplies to hospitals. As impending parents and as someone who has spent most of my life learning about and working in nutrition and health care, it's absolutely crushing to look at images and read stories like those featured in a recent New York Times article.
While your donation will support the IRC overall and cannot be targeted to a specific location or type of aid, the IRC is among relatively few organizations that are on the ground assisting citizens in dangerous and desperate places around the world. We urge you to make a donation in any amount large or small - everything makes a difference. If you're thinking about buying us something "fun" or frivolous, we certainly won't stop you, but we also urge you to consider donating a cause like this as an alternative. As much and as often as we can, let's help the helpless.