Frequently Asked Questions
Who are you?
The Rise for Yemen board consists of a team of four women. Esmahan Abdulla, Sara Abdulla, Dr. Ramzyeh Kaid, & Aneesa Muthana. Collectively, we have backgrounds in Business, IT, Manufacturing, Medicine, Product Development, Humanitarian Work, and Design. You can find us on LinkedIn.
Check out our team page for more information about our team at large.
What is Rise for Yemen?
Rise for Yemen is a social business that's registered as a 501(c)(3) non-profit established by Yemeni American women to create purpose-driven products (like the Treasures of Yemen puzzle) and donate 100% of profits to projects in Yemen.
We also aim to match skilled volunteers with projects in Yemen. This gives volunteers the ability to donate with their time and skills.
We have launched multiple successful mentorship projects in Yemen in the past and have a lot in store for the future.
How are you donating 100% of profits to Yemen?
The cost to kickstart this non-profit, Rise for Yemen and create our first product, The Treasures of Yemen Puzzle, were funded by our team. No one on the management team is being paid for work on this project.
This puts us in a position to donate 100% of the profits from the puzzle to a sustainable project in Yemen.
We're currently evaluating a few projects to fund in Yemen. Once we make our selection, we will share where every dollar goes.
What do you mean by "sustainable projects?"
There is a saying that goes, "If you give a man a fish, you feed him for a day. If you teach a man to fish, you feed him for a lifetime."
We don't want to just cut a check (although we recognize most of the time, this is needed). We want to invest in projects that will have a lasting and sustainable affect on people and communities.
Why doesn't the Treasures of Yemen puzzle include...?
Yemen has a LOT to offer - there simply wasn't space for us to include everything we wanted to in the Treasures of Yemen puzzle. To make matters more complicated, exact locations of where something originated isn't always documented. We conducted several user tests with Yemeni's from all over Yemen for feedback and tried to balance as best we could. If you feel like something is missing or incorrect, we would love to hear from you!
Visit feedback.riseforyemen.org and send us your feedback!
Are you hiring?
Not yet. InshaAllah, if we continue to grow, we will look to Yemen first to support the economy there. If you live in Yemen and have skills you think we can use, send us a message at firstname.lastname@example.org.
How can I help?
Fill out this form to join our list of volunteers. Let us know what your skills are and anything else you'd like to share. We'll reach out to you when we have a project you can help with!