Return to work instead of waiting for the chance to comeFiras, a 33 year-old Syrian man, who used to be the owner of a car electricity workshop in Al-Bayyadah, one of most hostile neighborhoods in Homs governorate. Firas established this workshop depending on the money he earned after working out of Syria for six years.
After the un-folding of the crisis in Syria in 2011, Firas and his family of three members have been twice-displaced, leaving behind his home, workshop, car and neighbors.
During December 2013, Firas received tool kits from Danish Refugee Council through vocational and livelihood project in Homs governorate, with the aim to re-start his work again, and generat financial income.
Firas confirms that the tool kits have motivated him to start over again, he’s finally productive, self-dependence, and he was able to duplicate his tools and could get some money to bring things he couldn't get if he was still without work or waiting for the chance to come.
He said; "A couple of months ago a mortar fell next to my workplace, so I hid for minutes and resumed my work again and still I am here facing all the challenges as I used to do."
During 2013, DRC provided 112 vulnerable individuals in governorates of Damascus, Rural Damascus, and Homs with tool kits with the purpose of restoring livelihoods and facilitating income generation to avoid further marginalization and dependence on aid.