Yemen: Dwarfism & Disability – Forgotten Women

Yemen: Dwarfism & Disability


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The family live in Hodeida and each of them were born with Dwarfism along with other disabilities that impact their daily lives.

The team came across Fatima, Aisha, Nahlam and Abdalaziz whilst performing our outreach service in a remote area of Yemen. Abdalaziz told the team that their mother had passed away that day and she was the sole provider. He went on to express his concerns about providing for his siblings, especially Aisha who is bed-bound and requires constant care and attention.

Tears fell from the team’s faces as they witnessed the level of poverty the family faced as they had barely any food or water to survive. The unlivable conditions of broken beds, sofas, and walls urged the team to report an almost hopeless feeling for the situation in Yemen. Abdalaziz, the only male left in the family, is unable to get a job to support his siblings due to the stigma of Dwarfism, his limited ability and the economic situation in Yemen.

However, the situation is not hopeless. With your help we can provide the family with a long term solution to their poverty. 

What we are doing:

We aim to set up the family in business so that they can support their household independently and not rely on monthly handouts. With this in mind, the ground team has scoped a suitable business of a mobile phone repair shop.

We are aiming to collect £3,500 which will go towards the following:

1. Deposit/rent for the shop (few months)
2. Furnishing the shop
3. Training
4. Stock
5. A motorbike for Abdalaziz to provide mobility 
6. Cash flow to aid their initial living (food, nappies etc)

Your kind donation will ensure that this family of four will have a brighter future. 


“Abdul Aziz is like a different person from when we first came across him and his three sisters, giving Abdul Aziz a business was the only way this family could gain independence because of the level of disability of Fatima, Aisha and Nahlam.” Sunny Bahia, Forgotten Women

Two months ago, our team came across Abdul Aziz and his family, Fatima, Aisha and Nahlam, all of whom were suffering with dwarfism and other disabilities that impacted their lives daily. Living in Hodeida, Yemen, and battling starvation, we knew we had to help and empower this family to lift themselves out of poverty. The best way we could help was to create a sustainable and permanent income for Abdul Aziz and his remaining siblings, freeing them from being dependent on handouts and able to generate a living.

Working with Abdul Aziz we discovered his interest in phone repairs and with your donations we were able to set up Abdul Aziz in business, giving him all the tools and capital to create his own mobile phones repair shop. Now, Abdul Aziz and his family are fully independent, and all their needs are being met, from essential food to daily medical supplies.

The change in Abdul Aziz and his family is palpable as he carries himself with confidence, secure in the knowledge that he can provide for himself and his loved ones. From Abdul Aziz, his family, and the whole team at Forgotten Women, thank you for making this happen. Without your generous donations none of this would have been possible. Abdul Aziz’s story is just one of many families suffering in Yemen and we at Forgotten Women will continue to work to empower these families and free them from the trap of poverty.

You can watch the transformation of Fatima and her family in the video below, thank you for your amazing support

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