Yemeni Storyteller Organization(YSTR,) is the name of my project. It aims to invest in women's minds, through books. It encourages women to write stories ( about their life or others’ life).
The goals are: – QUID women to write stories that documented (their life or other women's daily life) in Yemeni society. – ENCOURAGE them to talk about their problems, their dreams, their hopes, and their disappoint. – LEARN women to criticize the wrong behavior and bad treatment they face in the society. Those stories would be first step calling for justice and equality.
What locality or neighborhood will your project focus on?
Describe the specific population with whom you will be working.
The targeted people is any one who likes to write, who likes books and pens. I can find many of them in schools, university. I can enter any class in any school and ask who like to write to join our training courses. 11 student for me is enough. Simply the assignment as to tell story of themselves or of any women they know, it may be their aunt, their neighbored, the cleaners of the school or their friend and to write it.
I ill took those stories and after re- edited them by linguistic specialist, we will print them . I'm sure that the student would by proud and happy to see their stories have been printed and published with their names on it. I'm sure that in the holiday many of them would give me a book to tell them my opinion and to encourage them.
Who else will be on your team to help implement the project?
Khalid Al-Oqabi( Human Devlopment Trainer)
What kinds of news, stories and other content will be created?
We could print and publish those stories in Book. Each women participated would get part of those money.
– Giving those stories to T.V and radio scenarist.
– Those stories could be a scenario for films” Yemen Short Film Festival”
– We could participated with our books in many cultural events and festivals inside and outsides Yemen.
The outputs would be a books. That contain short stories written by different group of women. Each with their won style.
What technologies and digital tools do you plan to use in the trainings?
Describe the connections that you or your organization have already established or plan to establish that will contribute to the success of the project.
last September I published my book (Women Moan in Silence) that contain 11 short stories about real life of Yemeni women. One of the narrated women write his own story with her own style and accept to mention her name on it.
have a contact with publishing house , editors to review my writing, printing house , publishing house , p[people working in media to advertise my books. And library sellers. My book now is in Sana'a international house. I contact other writer to make their books sold in the stand of my book there.
I contact also a photographer, and I now many companies would like to be thanked in my book.
I'm a free lance Journalist , I was working as the social Editor in Yemen Observer for three Years.
How many participants do you think will be trained in your project?
11 girl students in the first step( 6 months)
11 boy students (6 months)
each year I will come out with two books(each contain 11 short stories about women)
the participants are in their secondary schools
Describe which technologies, tools, and media you will focus on when training participants.
I would like to have projecter and power point show.
I did that before as i give lecture about wiriting captions for photoes
but i can do it without any of them
Describe the facilities where you will hold the workshops.
at the beginning i will go to school. enter class(secondary school). give them a 45 minute lecture about important of writting and books. giveing them copy of my book story. then ask 11 of them to participate and to write their ( or stories of any wmoen they may knew).
i will return to them after one week to take the paper from them.
the workshop will go to the people . not the people who will go to the workshop
What is your current relationship with the community with whom you plan to work? What makes you the most appropriate individual or organization to implement this project?
I with my brother Khalid Al-Oqabi ( devlopment trainer)are running to register our NGo (Arkan for devlopment and culture)
I'm Working as freelance journalist in Yemen Observer and the National Yemen Newspaper
6-Women unjustly detained in prisons, Dec 17, 2007
Women Victims of Honor Killing, Jan 28, 2006
What specific challenges do you expect to face when planning and implementing your project?
nothing go easy in Yemen, but nothing is also impossible. with every step we take we will face obstacle , but nothing serious.
some girls may hestitae and withdrawn( i have to persude them to continue with us)
some school may not accept us or what we do.
some girls may refuse or feel shy to mentioned their name on theor stories( some more will feel proud)
we may not find sponsors to fund printing and puplishing the book
but i'm so sure and so confidence of the Yemeni society.
How will you measure and evaluate the project’s impact, specifically: your primary participants, the wider regional community, or the global digital community?
Books and acknowledge is what make the greatest impact in the history of human being.
I can measure it , may be by the number of book have been sold. By how many the writers involved in my training courses, re- write and publish their own books. By how many people like our face book page or twitt in our twitter.
If your project were to be selected as a Rising Voices grantee, what would be the general timeline of project activities in 2014?
One month to prepare for the training course
one week to held the training course.
Two months to edit them .
one month to print them and tow weeks to prepare for the ceremony or the book singing.
Detail a specific budget of up to $2,500 USD for operating costs.
administration cost: 200$
travel cost:100$ ( we will start with near schools)
printing and puplishing:1500$ for 300 copies
(Note: after we have a hardcopies of the books we can seek for another sponsers)
searching for sponsers:1500$
Besides the microgrant funding, what other support can Rising Voices provide for your project to ensure its success?
Through this chance I would get experience, acknowledge, advising and consultants . I would learn skills and make a wide range of contacts.
I would know others leaders, that would make me know where is myself as leader. It will give me more responsibilities and test my abilitie.
Arkan for Devlopment and Culture
April 6, 2014