• Esmahan Abdulla

Filling in the Gaps

Rise for Yemen (RFY) collects information on NGOs (non-governmental organizations) working in Yemen. If you take a bird’s eye view of the data, there are noticeable gaps. Despite dozens of NGOs, many issues are either under-addressed or not addressed at all.


Here’s how RFY classifies them:


  1. Mental Health. There aren’t many organizations addressing mental health, providing treatment, training for families with mental health issues, addressing the social stigma of mental health, and other issues.

  2. Disabilities. People with disabilities such as deafness, blindness, and physical disabilities don’t show up very often in the data. People with disabilities and their families require training and schooling to increase their quality of life.

  3. Recreation and sports. In a country dealing with famine, war, and disease there are more pressing issues. However, recreation benefits mental, physical, and emotional health for children.

  4. Accessible (online) schooling/training. While there are many programs helping schools and getting girls to school, more work can be done here. The people can benefit from adult education programs, literacy training, and more programs on vocational training.

  5. IT training. Re:Coded has a great program to train students on how to code but it’s the only one we came across and can accept a limited number of people in each round.

Not every organization advertises all their projects on their site and some of the above services may be rolled into existing services that are being provided. However, the simple fact that the above are hard to find (or didn’t show up at all), indicates there’s a lot of work to be done in those areas.


If you’re looking to start a project or organization, there’s a need.


If there’s a gap you noticed that we didn’t cover, email us at info@riseforyement.org and let us know!


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