“It was a hard decision to leave Damascus nine years ago in search of a better and safer life due to ongoing armed conflicts and extreme poverty, we were kept detained in fear and danger.” - Fatme
Khaled, 30 years old and his wife Fatme, 27 years old are Syrian refugees chosen to participate in “Tafawoq”.
Khaled came to Lebanon with his wife and children in hope to grab a job opportunity.
Father of three; two girls and a boy with an age range from one to six, used to work in the construction field, way before he strained his back muscles while lifting heavy rocks.
Since the construction experience was the only professional occupation gained, Khaled was left jobless and lost the ability to guarantee an income to his family as his physical condition stood in his way alongside many other economic, social, environmental and political factors.
Fatme is pregnant in the midst of the Coronavirus pandemic outbreak, jobless and unable to register the children in a primary school. They were barely surviving and providing day-to-day necessity without any income.
Tafawoq, is a project implemented by Caritas Lebanon and funded by Caritas Switzerland and Swiss contact. Overall, it consists of building practical experiences through internships that allow participants to develop professional skills. Given the needs of the Labour Market and due to the hard circumstances surrounding us in the region, these selected participants are vulnerable youth from different nationalities and age range.
At first, Tafawoq coach, Marie Rose, visited the migrated family in Kobei-Bhamdoun, Lebanon where she gradually introduced to Khaled and Fatme and other participants the working areas available through several coaching cycles to help them choose the right future professions.
The coaching aims at helping youthdiscovertheir strengths andweaknesses, develop professional competences and enhance chances for employment.
Subsequently, Marie Rose gathered the necessary informationabout the labor market, in return she showcased the list of obtainable internships, brainstormed with theparticipants specific preferences that guided them to training opportunities then divided them into groups accordingly.
Khaled wants to acquire the know-how of “livestock breeder” for ethical breeding. Fatme choses to become a carpet repairing expert.
Along the way, and in order to further support youth to complete their vocational trainings,Caritas Lebanon provides daily transportation, allowance and phone charging bills.
The coach accompanies the participants in their journey and maintains a healthy continuous communication that keeps the workflow running smoothly and successfully till the end date of the internships.
“Today, after nine months of internships and constant supervision from Caritas Lebanon, Fatme and I finally got employed! At least now we got jobs where we can successfully make a living and protect our children from hunger and deprivation” - Khaled
Khaled and Fatme got hired by the same employers for whom they worked as interns:Khaled as a livestock breeder in Aley and Fatme as a carpet repairer upon request.
Now the combined amount of money earned by Fatme and Khaled is enough to afford the house rental fees and to provide for the new born baby in the near future.
Before participating in Tafawoq, Fatme & Khaled lacked professional skills, missed opportunities, lost hope and lived an unstable and unhealthy life with their children who are still entitled to have their human rights regardless of their parents' status.
“One day maybe, I will be able to buy my own livestock and make a business for my son”- Khaled
Tafawoq not just generates the right opportunity to those who need it the most but also inspires the vulnerable to dream, stretches capacities and motivates them to work hard and grow as better individuals in better communities.