Jordan: “I want to be an architect to rebuild my house and Syria” | editors Choice

Ammon News – “I am happy to be able to go back to school to fulfill my dreams,” says 15-year-old Marwa, who is from Dara’a in southwestern Syria and now lives with her family in Zarqa, Jordan. Marwa is in 8th grade. Her favorite school subjects are math, because she likes to solve complicated problems, and English because she wants to learn a new language. She likes to go to school. “It’s the only way to realize my dream. I want to become an architect to rebuild my house and Syria,” says Marwa. His house in Syria collapsed. “We won’t have a home if we ever go back to Syria,” said Hind Issa Mas’deh, Marwa’s mother.

In 2013 – when she was five and a half years old – Marwa fled to Jordan with her family. She lives with her parents and four older siblings. “It was a cold day when we fled Syria. It was difficult for us to leave our house. I fled alone with my children. My husband joined us later. We fled because there was several shellings in the neighborhood. We left everything behind as we hoped to come back soon,” recalls Hind Issa. Marwa does not remember anything from their trip – she only vaguely remembers an incident with a tear gas canister.

Hind Issa’s family is still in Syria. His brother died in the war. Twice a week, she keeps in touch with the rest of her family via WhatsApp. “It’s still not safe with us. There are a lot of attacks. Everything is expensive and it’s impossible to find a job,” says Hind Issa.

Marwa couldn’t go to school for a year because it was too far and too expensive. She would be in ninth grade by now. During that year, she had to support her family at home. His mother prepared meals to sell. Marwa helped in the kitchen. His favorite dish is Ouzi, Syrian puff pastries. Meanwhile, Marwa is in her third year of CARE’s Cash for Education project and has been able to continue her education. The money was even enough to send her older sister Toqa back to school. She is currently finishing her 12th grade.

Her older brother, Nader, dropped out of school when they arrived in Jordan. He was 16 at the time and started working in construction. He now works as a cook in a restaurant. “I was very stressed and had high blood pressure. I was sad and disappointed that I could not give my children an education,” says Hind Issa. Seeking help from CARE was her only option. Her husband has no job and the income from his kitchen is not enough. “It was the happiest moment of my life when I was able to send Marwa and Toqa back to school,” Hind Issa says.

She would like to return to Syria to see her family. But it is not safe, and the poverty is too great. “I want my children to be healthy and happy,” concludes Hind Issa.


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