Volunteering for the indigents in Yemen

National Yemen

Asma al-Mohattwari

Safa al-Habal and Soliman al-Noab have found that seasonal campaigns are useless and don’t satisfy their ambitions to help poor people. Al-Habal decided to start her own team consisting of volunteers called Be Positive. Al-Habal said that the team was established six months ago.

“A number of volunteers and supporters help us in our humanitarian work with purely humanitarian objectives and principles. Since the founding, our interactions have reflected the consciousness of humans to act morally and financially. Our volunteers’ awareness contributes to the sustainability of this work,” al-Habal said.

Al-Habal says that to buy a suit for a poor child in order to go to school is something can be done by anyone. “We strengthen these values by pushing people toward solidarity. There are some families that can’t go to the hospital for the treatment of a very simple diseases.”

Their last volunteer work was building a house for a very poor family consisting of deaf and dumb father, a mother, three sons, and two daughters. The family didn’t have their own home and were living in a rental house that took up the father’s entire income.

Al-Habal said that a woman supported them with a piece of land, and they have now started building. “We are still in dire need of support to finish building, furnishing, and submitting the house to the family.”

The team searches through field surveys for families living below the poverty line and support them educationally, physically, and developmentally. Al-Habal added that they are trying to find unfamiliar ideas and solutions like buying motorcycles for men to work or sewing machines for women as well as educational projects.

Ghamdan al-Yousfi, a journalist, said that groups such as Be Positive are heroes, working without projects, grants, headquarters, cars and other manifestations of extravagance found the NGOs and CSOs.

In 1990, Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) appeared to raise the status of people. In Yemen, there are about 8,000 CSOs, which is about one for every 1,500 Yemenis. However, CSOs have not achieved much in Yemeni development. Most of these organizations have partisan mandates, or work to promote certain parties without paying attention to the whole of society.

Volunteering is generally considered an altruistic activity and is intended to promote goodness or improve human quality of life. In return, this activity can produce a feeling of self-worth and respect. There is no financial gain involved for the individual. Volunteering is also renowned for skill development, socialization, and fun. Volunteering may have positive benefits for the volunteer as well as for the person or community served. It is also intended to make contacts for possible employment.

Volunteering work in Yemen has flourished and isn’t affected by political conflicts and armed conflicts in Yemen or the deteriorating economic conditions.