We would like to share a case story of one of our beneficiaries with you…
Hadeel, who is 22 years old, aims to finish her school and to become a successful businesswoman by climbing up the ladder of success step by step.
When asked about what her goal is in terms of education and career, Hadeel says the following in response: “Finishing my school and becoming a successful businesswoman by climbing up the ladder of success step by step, and even having a company of my own.”
Hadeel was going to 10th grade in Syria. Once arrived in Turkey in 2013, she resumed her education, enrolling in 11th grade; however, she missed the re-registration process during the change of curriculum in the last grade, and therefore had to suspend her education. Beginning to work in factories during the period she did not attend school, Hadeel did not give up on her school life, decided to go to school once again the next year, and completed her open high school education. Hadeel is currently a freshman student at Istanbul University and is very happy for continuing her education.
When asked what kind of challenges they mostly face in their daily lives, Hadeel points out that the greatest challenges are language barrier and finding a job. In regards to her Turkish neighbors and friends, she says, “we have been living in Istanbul for 5 years now, our neighbors are good people. Even though we don’t speak the same language, we’re able to get along with a smile”.
Hadeel expresses that obtaining a certificate through the vocational course she is attending simultaneously will help her to find a qualified job. Indicating that she now believes there are job opportunities for herself and her family, Hadeel says that her greatest dream is “to do a master’s degree after graduation; to raise my and my family’s living standards by constantly progressing in my education and career”.
Having come to Istanbul in 2013, Hadeel mentions that language barrier was the biggest difficulty she had faced at the beginning. Hadeel says, “the greatest difficulty for me was not knowing the language; first I had to overcome that problem and I needed money for that. I had to find a job. Even if it was difficult, I managed to find a job at factories, I was fatigued but I never gave up, I kept working. Eventually, I saved money and attended a language course. I took a major step towards my school life by receiving a B2 level Turkish language certificate.”
Pointing out that being aware of her success in works she took new steps towards despite all difficulties and indicating that taking more determined steps in achieving her dreams motivates her, Hadeel says that she feels very lucky for having heard about the vocational training and for having participated in it. Hadeel goes on to say, “I’m a student and I have dreams. I’ve come across another step to achieve them. I’m learning the job and I’m earning money. This situation gives me great joy. I’m very happy to be sharing the same environment, talking and learning together with Turkish people in our course”.