The Twins Yemen Project
The Twins Yemen project is a collaboration between Heathfield and the Al Wahda Milat School. The project developed after a BBC report on the school and one of its pupils, Ahmed, by Orla Guerin. Ahmed is blind, but is able to teach his peers when the teachers are unable to get to the school, as the linked report makes clear.
#Ahmed #Yemen #PT You can see Ahmed in action here, teaching class. Most pupils at the school never miss a day, sitting among the rubble, in a frontline area, striving for an education. Separate efforts are underway to help the school. We'll have more information on that soon. pic.twitter.com/qmPfCTNqR9— Orla Guerin (@OrlaGuerin) August 9, 2021
Following numerous emails, Heathfield was put in touch with the Twins charity which supports a number of schools around the world. From there, the connection between the two schools has grown.
The Al Wahda Milat School is very close to the frontline of fighting in Taiz, as the images clearly show. At the time of Orla’s report, the building was a shell, with the pupils being taught on the floor. Since then, much improvement has been achieved, through both the hard work of Twins and the Tamdeen Youth Foundation, Yemen-based charity. As the pictures show, desks have been provided and some building work to restore the school structure has been completed. On a more personal level, six sets of Dominos for the blind were donated and Ahmed and his friends have certainly put them to good use.
Heathfield has been busy raising money to send to the school. A bake sale, sweets and drinks at Bonfire Night and a stall at St Nicholas Stalls are raising funds to reinforce the connection between our schools. Further involvement between pupils from the two schools is planned in the future.
The school is still very much in need of financial support and every donation helps. If you would be willing to donate, please follow the Justgiving link.
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