YDF gives farewell ceremony to outgoing British Ambassador [Archives:2004/752/Last Page]

July 5 2004

Yemeni Development Foundation, a British-based NGO working on poverty alleviation, women's empowerment, capacity building of Yemeni CBOs and policy influence in the Republic of Yemen held an award giving ceremony and farewell reception for H.E Ambassador Frances Guy.
The reception was well attended by community leaders, prominent figures in government, diplomats, politicians, business leaders and media representatives.
The event came at a time when YDF just launched its eighth project in the country which focuses on vocational training and health services and awareness provision. this project is based in Hadibo, Socotra island and is co- financed by the British embassy in Sana'a.
In his speech Dr. Almasyabi, Founder and Chief Executive of YDF highlighted the outstanding and remarkable devotion the ambassador has shown over the years of her term of office, urging all other diplomats and government staff in this country to take as a role model.
Dr.Almasyabi added that the support and close participation of the ambassador in YDF's programs in Yemen encouraged YDF to expand its programs to cover a wide-range of services users to underprivileged services users, most of which are women.
In her speech, the ambassador indicated that YDF combines its British-base and skills with its awareness of this country's needs and complexities and that YDF forms a solid bridge between the United Kingdom and the Yemen. Ambassador Guy added that it has had her pleasure to be involved and supportive of YDF and that it is an organization of commitment and hard work.
A blind lady from a local organization spoke of the ambassador's support and expressed admiration for her genuine sympathy and cooperation with all segments of the Yemeni society.
The ambassador was presented with a plaque, praising her endeavors, efforts and hard work during her service in the Yemen, by the Directors of YDF. In return, she presented YDF CEO with a portrait of HM Queen Elizabeth.
Other CBO leaders presented ambassador with symbolic gifts of Yemen and wishes for good future.
The event gave YDF, other Yemeni CBOs and other guests a rare opportunity to express their gratitude to an exemplary diplomat.