Arhab Youth Beneficiaries Completed first Phase of 3x6 Approach

20 Mar 2014

imageYouth during the training, Photo by: ZOA/UNDP

Sana’a, more than 60 youth in Arhab area celebrated today at Eagle Hotel in the Capital Sana’a their successful completion of the first phase of the 3x6 approach phase. The 3x6 approach of UNDP’s Youth Economic Empowerment Project (YEEP) targeted Arhab area north Sana’a as being a post-conflict area through WASH interventions.

Thirty per cent of the water supply systems in Yemen are not functional owing to the depletion of water sources, disrupted power supplies and the inability of the communities to pay for repairs. Therefore, Yemen is facing a water, sanitation and hygiene emergency, according to national reports.

Arhab area located north Sana’a had a shortage of water and was dependent on a few wells for drinking water. Following the armed conflicts in the area in 2011, the few water resources available were destroyed leaving the area in an alarming humanitarian situation.

The 3x6 approach in partnership with the international NGO ZOA International and other key partners engaged the 60 youth in interventions related to the construction of Water and Sanitation Hygiene (WASH) and were provided on vocational training on WASH.

UNDP applied the approach in Arhab in order to provide sustainable livelihoods for the poor communities as a peace dividend.
Along with the provision of the better water services, the approach targeted the unemployed youth. The youth received a daily income for their engagement in the WASH activities where they are encouraged to save two thirds of the total earned income. The youth’s saved income, then tripled by UNDP. The total amount will then form the capital for the youth’s business projects.

“I am really happy, I feel that I have a profession at my hand and I feel confident of securing an income for myself and my family,” says Ali Mohammed al-Hobari, 24, one of the targeted youth in Arhab.

Abdul-Khaleq Sharhan, General Manger of the Rural Water Authority, said that the 3x6 approach enhanced stability by supporting the livelihoods of the youth and by providing the communities with important water services.

“No successful transition can be achieved without economic empowerment of vulnerable communities,” concluded Caroline Lensing-Hebben, Chief Technical Advisor of YEEP.
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Ms. Kawkab Al-thaibani, Youth Empowerment Communications/Advocacy National Specialist

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