Hanan Al-Ghareeb: A Housewife effort to educate her children

Hanan while removing waste from school

Hama was amongst the few governorates that were affected early by the crisis. Given its proximity to highly contested areas in the north and central regions, Hama received at least 60,589 IDPs seeking refuge from the conflict. They are nonetheless adding significant pressure on limited available resources. This has led to an increase in unemployment and overstretching in the social services, which resulted in dramatical increase in waste piles. UNDP in partnership with a local NGO initiated a project in Hama to provide temporary job opportunities in the field of solid waste removal and pesticide spraying to a number of IDPs and host community members.


Hanan Al-Ghareeb, a housewife from rural Idleb, never imagined before the Syrian crisis that she’ll have to work to provide for her family. “My husband and I spent our golden days in our village in rural Idleb. We have four beautiful kids; the oldest is now 16 years old. And we had many plans for the future” she said, adding “The current crisis has forced us to leave everything behind. Our house was burned and with it our small dreams.”


After 2 years from settling in Hama governorate, the bad health conditions of her husband forced her to become the sole breadwinner of her family. With no experience, Hanan found in the solid waste removal project her only hope. She started to clean the shelter location and school area.


The education of her children was her top priority, and since she started this job, Hanan was able to send her children to school.


This project has succeeded in providing 163 job opportunities, and helped removing 462 tons of solid waste in addition to raising awareness on hygiene issues among the population.

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