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Syrian female CARE volunteers
Syrian female CARE volunteers
I have been in Azraq for 10 months. In Syria I was married and not working but I had decided to complete my studies. I was in high school when we fled to Jordan. I had just finished high school and was about to start university. I was studying for the last three years from home in Syria because it was too dangerous – there was too much bombing and women were being arrested, so it was not safe to go out. I would only go to the school to do my exams.
But now I have found work teaching day care for CARE. I like working, even though it can be hard. I don’t like staying at home.
I had been working a bit back in Syria doing some tutoring of small children so I know what to do with looking after children. We had enough money in Syria so I didn’t work because I had to but because I wanted to. Here I have to do it because we have no money. I registered when I first arrived [10 months ago] to work and finally I got an interview.
My husband has a health condition so I am the only one who can work for the family. He has injuries on his arm and leg – some from before the war and one because of the war – so he can’t carry heavy things.
I come to work with the attitude of coming to something I love – it’s not really like a job.
I really enjoy the daycare job. I come to work with the attitude of coming to something I love – it’s not really like a job. My favourite thing in life is to be a worker and here I’m connected directly with the children. If I could, I would like to do this work forever. I have a good relationship with my supervisors and they have said I am very professional.
My husband and I had decided to one month ago to go back to Syria. We had no money, no work and life was really hard. But when I got this work I changed my mind. Now I have money I can provide for my children with everything they want in the camp; like milk, which is very expensive. Before this [job] I spent 15 days eating just bread and tea in order to be able to buy milk for them. My husband and I are young enough to handle hunger, but when my children come asking for juice, yoghurt, potatoes or milk it is not easy to provide it for them.
Before this [job] I spent 15 days eating just bread and tea in order to be able to buy milk for them.
My life is all about management now – coordinating between my family and work life. I wake up early and prepare everything before work and I always make a schedule for my day. I wake up at 6am, clean the shelter, make breakfast for my children, clean the dishes, prepare coffee for my husband and get the children ready for school. I always make sure to arrive at work by 8:30 even though I don’t start until 9am in order to prepare.
My life’s dream is still to continue my education and go to university. Even with the war I continued studying and if we hadn’t left I would have continued. Even without a teacher, I still buy books and study by myself at home, but the conditions are not good to study and I have no time to read - there are too many tasks like fetching water and looking after my five children and at night there is no light to read by.
But I will not be put off. I want to be able to help people and communities. Even if it takes 100 years, I will finish my education!