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YES, Inc., is an IRS-registered
501(c)3 tax-exempt organization established in 2005 to administer
humanitarian projects. Our mission is to improve the quality of life
for African people by providing them with basic human necessities.
Through our initial project, �Shoes for Africa,� we have focused on
collecting new and gently-used shoes, and distributing them to those
in need. Learn more. . .
Since its founding in 2005, the success of YES, Inc. has been
characterized by its high integrity and passion for humanitarian
work, and its efforts to initiate projects at the grassroots level.
The History of YES, Inc.
When Hajar Young moved to Senegal in 1986,
little did she know that almost two decades later, she would found a
humanitarian organization by the name of YES, Inc. Like many other
African-Americans in the 80�s, she and her husband sold their home,
most of their personal belongings and traveled with their
three young children to return to their roots. The experience was
life-altering and, although the family eventually returned to the
United States, Hajar�s love for Africa continued.
While her stay in Senegal was mostly positive, Hajar ultimately
developed a strong distaste for the living conditions endured by
many. One particular vision that stayed with her was the sight of
people � men, women and children � walking the hot, sandy roads
The inspiration for �Shoes for Africa� actually occurred in 1989
when the family was departing for America and Sulaiman, then
12-years old, asked if he could leave his shoes with his friends who
didn�t have any.
Eighteen years and almost 20,000 pairs of shoes later, Sulaiman and
his younger sister, Khadijah, and his older brother, Muhammad, have joined their mother on the Board
of Directors of YES, Inc. along with long-time family friend, Abdul-Latif
Muhammed, and his son, Yousef, and another former resident of
Senegal, Amina Cisse Muhammad. Learn more. . .
Possessing a combined total of over 80
years of experience in dealing with issues pertaining to Africa, all
six directors share a common and deeply imbedded commitment to
helping improve the living conditions of human beings throughout the
world, particularly those in the United States and Africa. They are
working very diligently to further organize and develop YES, Inc. in
response to urgent socio-economic needs that they have identified on
both continents despite their separation by vast expanse of the