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My son had to go out to work after his father’s death

Thursday, September 6, 2018

Um Abdukadir’s husband, a taxi driver, was killed during one of his dangerous missions transporting people from the countryside to Idlib City in Syria. She was left as primary carer to their 11 year old son, Abdulkhader.

The loss of their family breadwinner meant they faced many difficulties and they were forced to move to Turkey, where at first they settled in the border town of Reyhandli, living with Um Abdukadir’s sister. High living costs and cramped conditions meant this was only a temporary solution and soon Um Abdukadir was on another journey to find work and a home. “Living costs in Turkey are very high and I had no place to live, so I started to work hand knitting woollen baby clothes, but it was not a well-rewarded job. At this time Abdulkhader had to start work in a grocery shop, 10 hours a day for 10 Turkish lira (USD1.50) to help support us, but this
effected his life as a child and as a student badly.

“One day a member of staff from Hand in Hand for Aid and Development saw him at work and asked why he was working there when he was so young. This was a turning point in our lives. A team from World Care Foundation visited him at the shop to assess his case and immediately suggested that we move to El-Firdous Centre for Widows and Orphans. Once there our lives changed completely, they gave us a comfortable place and all decent means of living”.

“A condition of living there is that my son stopped working and returned to school and live his normal life as a child. I feel so happy when I see my son go to school daily and excelling in his studies. I am currently working in wool knitting to make clothes for children at the orphanage. I hope peace and stability returns to Syria so that I can go home and live with my family and relatives there”.

Hand in Hand for Aid and Development and World Care Foundation work together to support orphans and their families who fled the war to come to Reyhandli, supporting dozens of unsponsored families.