Sao Tome and Principe

The heart of this regional chapter are its 30 volunteer members who turn ideas into action in currently 65 projects.

But First… Did you know?

Sao Tome and Principe is the second-smallest African sovereign state after Seychelles. It is located in the Gulf of Guinea with a small population of 204, 327 inhabitants. The official language is Portuguese.


Over 90% of state budget comes from foreign aid. Poverty is massive with +65% of its population being below poverty line and when it comes to electricity services, only around half of the Sao Tomean population have access to it.


Ironically, it is a sink of greenhouse gases, which means it contributes to the sequestration of Carbon, while being one of the countries most affected by climate change. It’s a clear sign, the island requires support. So when it comes to aids towards sustainable development, that’s when SYAH decided to make a move and set up SYAH-Sao-Tome.

SIDS Youth AIMS Hub- São Tome and Principe is the youth saotomean local chapter of a regional network of young people on Small Island Development States (SIDS) in the Atlantic. It is a youth led NGO promoting and advancing youth-led sustainable development projects. The chapter was set up on October 2016, though the first general assembly approved the statue, elect the board and swearing took place on 22 April, 2017.

volunteers members




more than 5000 people directly impacted

"Together we are better."



– Beginning of the process to set up SYAH- Sao Tome e Principe, through contacts and official meetings with authorities, e.g. Ministry of Youth and Sport, Youth Institute, UNFPA, UNDP and National Youth Council. – Participated in the first climate change fair, organized by UNDP with partnership with the government, 5-10 December, São Tomé.
April 22 2017
Held the first general assembly (the statutes approved, governing bodies members elected and takeover.
Organized workshops on fundraising and how to create social project, in partnership with NGO 3.0, São Tomé.
May 15 & 22 2017
June 2017
Participated in the Portuguese speaking countries Congress for environmental education, Santo António Town.
SYAH- Sao Tome e Principe was official recognized by the national authorities as a non-governmental youth organization.
August 4 2017
August 7 & 12 2017
Participated in the Youth Forum for Sustainable Development, organized by the National Youth Council and UNDP.
Participated in the Youth Week of São Tomé and Príncipe, “Youth Building Peace”.
November 1-7 2017
September 28 - October 1
SYAH-Sao Tome e Princip attended in Portugal at Greenfest, the largest Portuguese Sustainability Event, Cascais, Portugal
Participated in the Youth Week of São Tomé and Príncipe, “Youth Building Peace”.
November 1-7 2017
March 23 2018
Participated in the Ubuntu Academy training for young leaders.
Carried out the Campaign for cleaning beaches and on May 12, the members of SYAH- Sao Tome e Principe participated as speakers at the Society & Sustainability Forum: what challenges in Contemporary Society.
May 12 2018
August 24 2018
Participated in the Presentation and Validation of the National Youth Strategy Policy.

Other important highlights…

First Strategic Plan of SYAH- Sao Tome e Principe (2018 to 2019) has been shaped with support of Nova Social Consulting.
The chapter was also a partner of the 2018 Global Goal Jam initiative, an event that uses creativity and innovation to achieve sustainable development goals. The initiative was organized by UNDP, and other local partners. The activities included beach clean-ups, open recycling workshop and a day without plastic.

RECOGNITION- SAMOA Pathway National Report
SYAH-Sao Tome e Princip was recognized as best practice for young people in the SAMOA Pathway (recommendations of the Third International Conference on Small Island Developing States (SIDS) September 4, 2014 in Apia, Samoa).

SYAH-Sao Tome e Princip attended the “Africa Arts for Peace Forum” in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, from January 24-28. The purpose of the meeting was to discuss the role of art in promoting peace and sustainable development on the African continent, organized by the African Artist Peace Initiative.

SYAH- Sao Tome e Princip was admitted as a member of the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN), an international network of youth associations advocating sustainable development, launched in 2012 by former UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon.

SYAH- Sao Tome e Princip’s Partners

Local Partner

  • Ministry of Youth and Sport of Sao Tome e Princip
  • Sao Tome e Princip Youth Institute
  • Environment and Sustainable Development of UNDP
  • National Youth Council
  • Association 3.0


International Partners

  • Bué Fixe- Youth Organization
  • Youth network of Portuguese speaking countries

News & Updates

Volunteer Fair
The association SYAH-STP and Brilhar Mais, have organized the Volunteer Fair. Held on Friday 28/09/2018, in the city of São Tomé. This event was held at the National High School in the Alda Espírito Santo Pavilion and targeted all young people on high school, university and young professionals.

At the Volunteer Fair we had the presence of several NGOs, who expressed and disseminated their work, also a conference with 3 speakers covering 3 themes related to the importance of volunteering. The Fair is an ongoing project and the objectives are mainly; clarify the concept of volunteering, to show the importance of volunteering in the acquisition of personal and professional skills as well as their community / civic value. Also focused on the recruitment of volunteers.

Beach Clean Campaign 

Our beach clean campaign started on 19 of May 2018 mostly to create weekly awareness around the issue of leaving trash behind when we use the beach. This campaign grew with time and we were invited to participate in many other campaigns with partners such as Alisei, the local scouts (Santo Amaro group), UNDP global jam activity and other groups and youth associations with similar objectives to ours. Currently we mostly run a few campaigns when we have the opportunity and it has created some impact already in terms of visibility and motivation of our peers. However the issue of trash in São Tomé and Príncipe beach/sea is very critical and we are currently looking for other ways to impact more. 


Dynka Amorim - (Founder of SYAH Sao Tome e Principe)

Hello i’m Dynka Amorim!

Founder – SYAH Sao Tome  and Principe

Masters in public policy, Bachelor degree
in Political Science and International relation.

Awarded European young social entrepreneur
by Aids and mobility project in 2010

Fellow member of the Vienna Youth Force for the XVIII International AIDS Conference

Dynka is an activist, consultant, trainer and a social entrepreneur.  In 2003 he started an HIV youth movement called “Bué Fixe”. In 2005, Dynka moved to Portugal and became an active member of the NGO Citizens of the World/Bué Fixe, promoting the access of African Migrants living in Lisbon Area to social/human right and focuses on STI/HIV/AIDS prevention. He also volunteered at the NGO AJPAS. Further to this, he started as a radio producer addressing young migrants coming from Portuguese speaking countries in Africa. The radio program addressed diverse issues including environment, human rights, youth participation and HIV/AIDS.

Anisia Mota (President)

Hello I’m Anisia Mota!

President – SYAH SAO Tome and Principe

BA International Tourism and HR Management

Anisia is currently working as Reservation and Operational Manager for Praia Inhame Ecolodge. She is originally from Sao Tome and Principe moved to Lisbon when she was 5 years old and then to London where she lived from 2011 to 2016.  

During her time abroad she has shown to be passionate about subjects such as sustainability, social equality and people’s management. Back to Sao Tome and Principe in November 2016, Anisia joined SYAH and became one of the most active and passion-driven member. 

Arlete Miranda

Hello I’m Arlete Miranda!

Treasurer –  SYAH Sao Tome and Principe

Degree in Accounting and Auditing

Former Red Cross Volunteers for over 6 years

Arlete currently works as Accounting Technician at Santa Casa da Misericórdia de São Tomé. She has always been involved in volunteering and is currently the Admin for the National Youth Council of Sao Tome e Principe.

Harton Carlos

Hello I’m Harton Carlos!

Deputy President – SYAH  – Sao Tome and Principe

Degree in Forestry and Environmental Resources

Harton is a conservative adviser. He started participating in social activities as a volunteer since the age of 11 and he is a board member of the S. Gabriel residents’ association. While being engaged in social activities in the São Tomean community, currently Harton is also studying Law at Lusiada University of Sao Tome and Príncipe. 

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