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Partner of the Week: Sustainable Development Foundation

Posted in Partner of The Week on June 22, 2021

Sustainable Development Foundation (SDF) was established in 2015 to provide development and humanitarian support and assistance to the most vulnerable groups in Yemen. What started as a voluntary initiative of a group of people in 2003, it has grown into one of the leading organisations in Yemen, that’s entirely focused on the Sustainable Development Goals and humanitarian response. Currently, SDF has seven offices in different governorates in Yemen and works in partnership with many local and international organisations. 


Our partnership  

SDF has been our partner since June 2020, and are currently implementing the Aflatoun curriculum which is designed as a journey for young people to reflect on their lives, learn to explore issues and problems in society, acquire skills that help them become engaged citizens and enact enterprises and projects with other young people from their communities.

Social and financial education sets out a vision for the inclusion of refugee children and youth, as well as Yemeni students at risk of dropping out of school. Thanks to the programmes they gain life skills and financial education and look forward to starting saving projects of their own — a staff member shared with us.

The Story of Ayob 

Ayob is an Ethiopian refugee child born in Yemen who was not granted a birth certificate what prevented him from enrolling at school. The SDF education team tried to get in touch with the family and to offer them educational options for Ayob at their Family centre.  However, the family was located in a remote area and Ayon’s mother believed that religious education he was receiving was sufficient for him at this point.  

In September 2020, Ayob was already 17 years old and the SDF team again tried to contact him. This time their try was successful and the young man was enrolled in SDF Literacy Center where informal education and social education is provided. Ayob was enthusiastic and was able to read and write in a short period. SDF registered him in placement tests to enable him to join formal education. “I enjoy learning reading, writing and gaining useful social skills. I hope my two younger brothers join school and enjoy learning as I do,” Ayob says.    


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Photo credit: Giacomo Pirozzi