Honoring youth initiatives and organizations in Sana’a
“All civil society organizations and the youth and voluntary initiatives who submit their papers will be awarded at the festival,” Mujeeb Al-Fatish, director of the Social Affairs’ Office in Sana’a, told the Yemen Times, adding that 95 initiatives have submitted their applications so far.
Al- Fatish said only the aims and activities of the organizations will be taken into consideration for initiatives in 2012, though he expects, without mentioning clear examples, that the criteria for selecting the best voluntary work since the beginning of 2013 will be somewhat different.
Al-Fatish went on to say, “The organizations and youth initiatives deserve to be honored due to their great social work and campaigns, such as the “Sharik” (Participate) cleaning campaign that was held on December 12, 2012, in Sana’a.”
For his part, festival coordinator Waleed Al-Haj told the Yemen Times that “in coordination with multiple youth initiatives… we prepared the festival and then presented it to the Capital Secretariat who agreed to sponsor it.”
Examples of such initiatives include “Bader” (Take Initiative) and “Basmat Shabab” (Youth Smile), which promote cleaning, training local media and aiding the poor.
Al-Haj asserted that “the government will thank the youth organizations and initiatives for their work in educating society as well as providing services for people.”
Leaders of several youth organizations and initiatives expressed happiness for this festival.
Nasser Al-Faqeeh, head of “Leajlehem” (For their Sake) Initiative for Qualifying Poor Families, said “this festival is a good step which proves the government, represented by the Capital Secretariat, pays attention to organizations.”
The role of civil society organizations has become pronounced the few last years, particularly during 2012, prompting the government to recognize and honor them.