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Photo: Daniel Wheeler/NRC

Description: Ala (22) poses for a portrait. 

Factual information

First name: Ala
Age: 22
Current location: Za’atari Refugee Camp, Jordan
From: Daraa, Syria. Fled to Jordan in 2012
Occupation: Seamstress at NRC’s youth programme.
NRC beneficiary: Yes, Ala received seamstress training as part of NRC’s youth training programme and now works as a seamstress as part of the programme.

Interview

Ala’s words

“I fled Syria in 2012 because of the heavy fighting. I left on foot at 10pm and arrived at the Jordanian border at 6am the next morning. We travelled at night because we were terrified of being attached on the way. There was around 100 of us and many people were injured. 

When we arrived at the border and were met by the army (Jordanian Army) I felt like a drowning person that had been saved. I felt on edge the entire journey and now I had soldiers telling me ‘You are safe now’, it was all so overwhelming. 

I live with my five sisters and five brothers. I am the eldest, so I feel responsible for them, and I looked after them during coronavirus. 

I found out about NRC’s youth programme after doing a four-month sewing scholarship with a different organisation. I became very passionate about sewing so I wanted to continue my training and the programme at NRC seemed perfect. When I started on the programme, I realised that I still had so much to learn, and it was very intensive but rewarding. 

The programme is delivered in three phases, with the first stages being training and the third phase being an employment opportunity. 

I live on the other side of the camp and walk an hour each day to get to the centre. It’s a long walk in the desert heat but it’s so worth it. 

An average day for me is waking up at 6am and after getting ready, I walk to the centre and we started work at 8:30am. At 12:30am we have a lunch break and then we work until 3pm. After I walk back home, I usually have a nap because the work is tiring but very rewarding. 

When asked what the programme means to her, she replies with: “This opportunity that NRC has given me has provided me with financial independence and an opportunity for success in my life. My father is so proud of me and that is very important to me.”

When asked what she wants to do in the future, she says: “In the future, I want to open my own sewing centre for women which has integrity and quality – just like NRC.”
Jordan

Alas pågangsmot gir resultater

Unge som bor i flyktningleirer har ofte ikke så mange muligheter å velge mellom. Mange kan føle på håpløshet og avmakt. Men Ala (22) er et bevis på at med styrke, pågangsmot og riktig støtte kan fremtiden se lys ut.

Det er sommer. Tidlig hver morgen står Ala opp og går gjennom Zaatari flyktningleir i Jordan. I en time vandrer hun gjennom ørkenvarmen. Hun går gjennom det som etter hvert har blitt en stor, livlig og urban bosetning, som nå er hjem til rundt 76.000 syriske flyktninger. Klokken halv ni er hun fremme på jobb. Den lange turen er verdt det.

– Denne muligheten har gitt meg økonomisk uavhengighet og en sjanse til å lykkes i livet, sier hun med et bestemt smil.

Støtt arbeidet vårt og bidra til at flere unge flyktninger kan få en utdannelse

En skremmende reise

Ala er fra Syria, men hun og familien ble tvunget til å flykte i 2012 da krigen gjorde det for farlig å bli. Reisen til Jordan var skremmende. Ala var bare 13 år gammel da familien måtte forlate hjemmet sitt.

– Jeg dro til fots klokken ti på kvelden, og kom frem tilgrensen mot Jordan klokken seks neste morgen. Vi reiste om natten fordi vi var livredde for å bli angrepet på veien.Vi var rundt hundre stykker, og mange ble skadet, forteller hun.

– Det føltes som om jeg skulle drukne, men så ble jeg reddet.
Ala

– Da vi kom til grensen, ble vi møtt av den jordanske hæren. Det føltes som om jeg skulle drukne, men så ble jeg reddet. Jeg hadde vært så redd hele reisen, og nå fortalte soldater meg 'du er trygg nå'. Det var overveldende.

Starter voksenlivet i en leir

Unge som er på fluktsliter mer enn sinejevnaldrende med å få en utdanning. Bare tre prosent av verdens flyktninger går på universitet eller tar høyere utdanning. For humanitære organisasjoner som Flyktninghjelpen er det viktig å investere i utdanning og muligheter for mennesker på flukt. Uten disse kan de unge miste følelsen av verdi og håp for fremtiden.

For Ala kom muligheten i form av å lære seg å sy.

– Jeg fant ut om Flyktninghjelpens ungdomsprogram etter å ha fått fire måneders syopplæring hos en annen organisasjon. Jeg fant mye glede i å sy, så jeg ønsket å fortsette å lære, sier hun.

Programmet er delt opp i tre trinn. De to første fokuserer på opplæring, mens den tredje fasen er en praksisplass.

– Flyktninghjelpens program virket perfekt. Da jeg begynte, skjønte jeg at jeg fortsatt hadde mye å lære. Det var veldig intensivt, men givende.

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Photo: Daniel Wheeler/NRC

Description: Ala (22) sewing some baby clothes as part of a UNICEF contract that the centre managed to secure.

Factual information

First name: Ala
Age: 22
Current location: Za’atari Refugee Camp, Jordan
From: Daraa, Syria. Fled to Jordan in 2012
Occupation: Seamstress at NRC’s youth programme.
NRC beneficiary: Yes, Ala received seamstress training as part of NRC’s youth training programme and now works as a seamstress as part of the programme.

Interview

Ala’s words

“I fled Syria in 2012 because of the heavy fighting. I left on foot at 10pm and arrived at the Jordanian border at 6am the next morning. We travelled at night because we were terrified of being attached on the way. There was around 100 of us and many people were injured. 

When we arrived at the border and were met by the army (Jordanian Army) I felt like a drowning person that had been saved. I felt on edge the entire journey and now I had soldiers telling me ‘You are safe now’, it was all so overwhelming. 

I live with my five sisters and five brothers. I am the eldest, so I feel responsible for them, and I looked after them during coronavirus. 

I found out about NRC’s youth programme after doing a four-month sewing scholarship with a different organisation. I became very passionate about sewing so I wanted to continue my training and the programme at NRC seemed perfect. When I started on the programme, I realised that I still had so much to learn, and it was very intensive but rewarding. 

The programme is delivered in three phases, with the first stages being training and the third phase being an employment opportunity. 

I live on the other side of the camp and walk an hour each day to get to the centre. It’s a long walk in the desert heat but it’s so worth it. 

An average day for me is waking up at 6am and after getting ready, I walk to the centre and we started work at 8:30am. At 12:30am we have a lunch break and then we work until 3pm. After I walk back home, I usually have a nap because the work is tiring but very rewarding. 

When asked what the programme means to her, she replies with: “This opportunity that NRC has given me has provided me with financial independence and an opportunity for success in my life. My father is so proud of me and that is very important to me.”

When asked what she wants to do in the future, she says: “In the future, I want to open my own sewing centre for women which has integrity and quality – just like NRC.”
Les billedteksten Ala syr babyklær for UNICEF. Foto: Daniel Wheeler/Flyktninghjelpen

Nå jobber Ala som syerske på Flyktninghjelpens ungdomssenter. Senteret er økonomisk selvstendig, og all fortjeneste reinvesteres for å gi flere unge en arbeidsplass. Senteret tilbyr også snekker- og sveiseopplæring, i tillegg til en rekke andre kurs.

Selvstendighet

Da vi spurte Ala hva jobben betyr for henne, sa hun: – Muligheten Flyktninghjelpen har gitt meg, betyr økonomisk uavhengighet.

– Min far er så stolt av meg, og det er veldig viktig for meg.

DO NOT USE (embargoed by head office)
Photo: Daniel Wheeler/NRC

Description: Ala (22) sewing some baby clothes as part of a UNICEF contract that the centre managed to secure.

Factual information

First name: Ala
Age: 22
Current location: Za’atari Refugee Camp, Jordan
From: Daraa, Syria. Fled to Jordan in 2012
Occupation: Seamstress at NRC’s youth programme.
NRC beneficiary: Yes, Ala received seamstress training as part of NRC’s youth training programme and now works as a seamstress as part of the programme.

Interview

Ala’s words

“I fled Syria in 2012 because of the heavy fighting. I left on foot at 10pm and arrived at the Jordanian border at 6am the next morning. We travelled at night because we were terrified of being attached on the way. There was around 100 of us and many people were injured. 

When we arrived at the border and were met by the army (Jordanian Army) I felt like a drowning person that had been saved. I felt on edge the entire journey and now I had soldiers telling me ‘You are safe now’, it was all so overwhelming. 

I live with my five sisters and five brothers. I am the eldest, so I feel responsible for them, and I looked after them during coronavirus. 

I found out about NRC’s youth programme after doing a four-month sewing scholarship with a different organisation. I became very passionate about sewing so I wanted to continue my training and the programme at NRC seemed perfect. When I started on the programme, I realised that I still had so much to learn, and it was very intensive but rewarding. 

The programme is delivered in three phases, with the first stages being training and the third phase being an employment opportunity. 

I live on the other side of the camp and walk an hour each day to get to the centre. It’s a long walk in the desert heat but it’s so worth it. 

An average day for me is waking up at 6am and after getting ready, I walk to the centre and we started work at 8:30am. At 12:30am we have a lunch break and then we work until 3pm. After I walk back home, I usually have a nap because the work is tiring but very rewarding. 

When asked what the programme means to her, she replies with: “This opportunity that NRC has given me has provided me with financial independence and an opportunity for success in my life. My father is so proud of me and that is very important to me.”

When asked what she wants to do in the future, she says: “In the future, I want to open my own sewing centre for women which has integrity and quality – just like NRC.”
Les billedteksten Ala jobber hardt. Foto: Daniel Wheeler/Flyktninghjelpen

Ala er den eldste av 11 søsken, og hun støtter familien med pengene hun tjener på jobben.

– Jeg er den eldste, så jeg føler meg ansvarlig for dem. Jeg passet på dem under koronaviruset, sier hunstolt.

Mens mange unge som er på flukt kan miste håpet, er Ala ambisiøs og optimistisk med tanke på fremtiden.

– I fremtiden ønsker jeg å åpne mitt eget sysenter