About Us

Yayasan Geutanyoe

About us

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Empowering Humanity



The Geutanyoe Foundation (Yayasan Geutanyoe) is an Aceh–based organisation established by activists who pioneered the humanitarian and non-violent civic movement in Aceh since 1999. We are dedicated to cultivating and upholding values of  dignity, humanity, equality, justice, peace, democracy, and sustainability in Aceh and Southeast Asia.

We seek to provide humanitarian assistance and protection to, and empower and uphold the rights of people in need, including disaster- and conflict-affected communities, refugees, migrants and victims of trafficking, vulnerable and marginalised groups, including children, women, ethnic and religious minorities and isolated communities. We also seek to harness local and global knowledge to find sustainable and durable solutions to some of the regional’s most intractable humanitarian and social challenges. 

Through our work we hope to protect, rejuvenate and promote Aceh's diverse social, cultural, historical and ecological heritage as a contribution to humanity, society and our planet. We do this through catalytic humanitarian, community empowerment, educational, cultural and ecological initiatives.

“Geutanyoe” is the Acehnese word for “us”, “we” or “ours”. We chose this as the name of our organisation because Aceh’s experience has taught us that the key to sustaining peace after decades of war and isolation lies in building common visions while respecting differences and diversity: in recognising, celebrating and protecting Aceh's diverse heritage, genealogies, traditions, ecology, identities, and ideas; bridging differences through dialogue and cultivating respect for diversity; and forging shared values and common visions for the future. Our logo represents the Acehnese 'Saleum' greeting, in traditional Gayo 'kerawang' motif and colours.


To create an ASEAN community founded on dignity, humanity, peace, human rights, democracy, equality and ecological sustainability, in accordance with universal values​​.​​​.​​


  1. To proactively promote humanitarian principles and values, peace-building and sustainability locally, nationally, and regionally.
  2. To promote respect for human rights and equality for all.
  3. To protect and assist vulnerable groups, including children, women, elderly persons, people with disabilities, religious/ethnic minorities, refugees and stateless persons, and to address the root causes of vulnerability.
  4. To empower vulnerable and marginalised communities through education, health, livelihoods, cultural and youth empowerment programmes.
  5. To increase cross-cultural understanding, social cohesion, pluralism and integration among different cultural and social groups in the ASEAN region.
  6. To promote peace education, reconciliation between the State, armed actors and victims of past violence and to prevent the emergence of future conflict and violence.


What We Have Done

  1. Increasing access to education and health, and cultural and social empowerment for refugees in Malaysia (2015-present).
  2. Emergency response, humanitarian services and advocacy on Rohingya refugees and Bangladesh nationals who were rescued by a group of fishermen in Aceh in May 2015 in 3 districts/municipalities (North Aceh, East Aceh and Langsa; ASEAN region.)
  3. Promoting the culture of Aceh by bringing a Saman Gayo troupe to the Kuala Lumpur International Arts festival in Kuala Lumpur (September 2015).
  4. Photo exhibition and education campaign at the 10 year commemoration of the earthquake and tsunami disaster in Aceh (December 2014)
  5. Mobile physiotherapy clinic for children with disabilities and building capacity of district governments in Aceh to deliver services for children with special needs (2016-present).
We are dedicated to cultivating and upholding values of humanity, dignity, peace and sustainability in Aceh and Southeast Asia.