Simple Gestures Bring Meaningfulness

Vocational Training Program, Jordan


*Sadeen is a 42-year-old woman from Jordan. She is married and has two daughters and one son. Her husband left her and his children, running away to Armenia because he had many big debts that he wasn't able to pay. Sadeen’s situation is so difficult and she feels so overwhelmed and desperate. She has to pay all the debts and take care of her children, and she can’t work. There was an organization helping her pay the rent, but it was just for six months. Now she is facing very hard conditions.


Her son is 19 years old.  Sadeen had taken out a loan from the bank so that her son could take a course learning how to be a chef. He stopped going to school though and is now going through a hard time. He refuses to work but he wants to travel and start a new life. He is feeling ashamed and struggling with depression. He never goes out of the house. Her daughter is 22 years old and she ran away and married a man with different cultural beliefs. Since she left, Sadeen’s son has been different, in shock, and having a hard time getting back to normal. The story filled all of the news and it was such a shame!


Sadeen came to our office asking for help, saying that whenever she feels she is standing on the edge with no place to go, helpless and hopeless, she comes to the GHNI office. We listened to her and encouraged as we could, but the problems are still there, and she is still struggling. So, we asked her what she enjoys, and she said she makes pastries. We arranged to have her make pastries for us and we will pay her. At least she will have some money coming in from time to time, which will help. The next time we met, she had a huge smile and was excited to know what we thought of her pastries. The project didn’t only provide some income, it also shifted her focus from her problems and struggles.


GHNI Assistant Regional Field Leader

*For the purpose of safety and well-being, “Sadeen” is a pseudonym for an individual being helped by this project.