“It’s necessary for them to learn these handicrafts, so they can help their families with the new skills that they have learned. Especially Syrian participants love to learn a lot and make progress – this way they can make an extra income,” explains Jameeleh Alaweneh, SOS Children’s Villages programme coordinator.
Women in the training are eager to learn both from the teachers and from one another. Many of the Syrian participants eagerly share their skills and experience in marketing products in their hometowns back in Syria.
Through the vocational training, these women boost their employability skills and are provided with support to find employment. In a few months, they will sell their products together at a local market. Many of them hope to open their own businesses in the near future.
Woman sews curtains in the vocational training class. Photo credit: Lydia Mantler
The project coordinator displays some of the participants' work. Photo credit: Tania Thorngreen