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ON SECURING WORK OPPORTUNITIES FOR THE DISPLACED: CASH FOR WORK PROGRAM HELPS RAJAB AND HIS FAMILY TO RECOVER FROM THEIR ORDEAL

Rajab Al Jadoua employed as a cleaning worker in Al Tah camp in Idlib

 

Employing 400 workers in the collection and disposal of waste in the camps meant securing a vital livelihood for 400 families.    

Rajab Abdulsalam Al Jadoua, one of the IPDs living in Al Tah camp in Idlib, looks back and recalls the difficult days when he was displaced with his family from the eastern Ma'arra countryside. Like hundreds of thousands of other IDPs, the tragic journey of displacement this man had to endure was not an easy memory to bear. Rajab and his family left everything behind and fled, barefoot, under the bombardment to what they thought would be a refuge, but only to find another level of suffering.

Rajab said: "After we crossed the hot zone, some good people welcomed us and took us to the camp and gave us a tent. I have a large family and we did not have anything with us, so we left everything in the hands of God,".

"The children were hungry and crying for food. It was a hot summer and there was no water to drink. We were surrounded by sand and dust. The situation was very hard," he added.

"We used to wake up in the morning to collect bread from our neighbors. My father died and left us in debt, and the creditors were coming to us asking for their money."

But the situation changed, according to Rajab: “Binaa for Development took the responsibility of our camp and initially supported us with clean water. This was a great relief to us because before that we had to buy the tank of water for 8,000 SYPs and we did not have even a quarter of this amount.”

“Binaa for Development took the responsibility of our camp and initially supported us with clean water. This was a great relief to us because before that we had to buy the tank of water for 8,000 SYPs and we did not have even a quarter of this amount.” - Rajab Al Jadoua, an IPDs living in Al Tah camp in Idlib

Rajab is one of the beneficiaries of the cash-for-work program launched by Binaa for Development in this camp and in a number of other areas in northern Syria. The organization formed a team of 400 workers to implement the garbage collection and disposal works at the camps.

“When Binaa for Development announced its desire to hire cleaning workers in the camp, I applied for work, and thank God I was selected. Now I can go and buy bread for my family. If I had been unemployed all this time, my children and I would have been eating from the garbage” - Rajab added. “after securing this job, I was financially and psychologically relieved, because I finally had the chance to clear my father’s name by paying his debts.”

“After securing this job, I was financially and psychologically relieved, because I finally had the chance to clear my father’s name by paying his debts.” - Rajab Al Jadoua.

Binaa for Development took on a number of other cash for work programs and initiatives, including a road paving project in Bahorta camp in Idlib countryside, in which 18 workers from among the camp residents participated, as well as a project to establish two sewing workshops in Harbnoush and Kafr Bani camps to help the people in the two camps secure a source of livelihood, in addition to the provision of clean drinking water, the monitoring of water quality, facility maintenance, and other vital services that BINAA provides in cooperation with partners and donors.