Working from Home

Vocational Training Programme, Jordan


We met with a group of Iraqi and Syrian refugees, who came asking for blankets. While receiving their blankets, one of our team chatted with them about their situation and their thoughts. He was wondering and sort of scratching his head to think of how they could make the best of their current situation and develop.

Their response was that they are refugees and cannot work here and there are no opportunities available for them. The GHNI team member asked again if they had any hobbies or a desire to learn something specific.

One of the women said she is talented in hairdressing and makeup. Our team member suggested that she works from her house to generate some income.

Another man Omari* said, “My son would really like to have a course for two months and learn mobile phone maintenance, but I need cash in order to register him in the course.”

We decided to help Omari’s son and pay for the course. This young man can earn some money after taking this course, as he could fix the phones in his neighbourhood. 


Here is the story of Omari, a refugee from Syria. He was a heavy vehicle driver and has three residence permits issued for him from Saudi Arabia, Jordan, and Dubai. He had no problems. His life was good until the war started. One of his brothers was killed, and his other two brothers were arrested. He lost his house, he lost his work, and he lost everything he owned. Omari is married and has two boys and one girl. We met him in 2014 on a home visit and have helped him many times since then.


Thank you,



GHNI Assistant National Field Leader

*For the purpose of safety and wellbeing, “Omari” is a pseudonym for the individual being helped by this project.