Advancing Personal Worth – Shariya Camp Visit May 2017
Bring Hope Humanitarian Foundation (BHHF) places much emphasis on creating better human experiences which BHHF feels creates better lives. During the May 2017 visit to Shariya Refugee Camp BHHF learned how difficult obtaining any type of gainful employment can be for the population within the Camp.
Only 20% of people in this camp are working, and very few people have any advanced education. Various NGO’s have opened training centers but since the economy is struggling and suitable jobs are limited in number a cycle of unemployment and personal despair has ensued.
Creating a path for sustainable personal development and employment focused on job creation and skill building is needed. One possibility is funding agricultural development thereby teaching new skills and potentially allowing sustainable income for their future livelihood.
Within this massive Shariya Camp personal worth and development is also needed among children. At present 521 orphans, defined as having no parents or only a single parent, exist between the ages of 1-18 and there are no facilities to address the needs of these war ravaged and desperately lonely children. More action is required so these children grow to believe in themselves and in the “system” they must rely on for survival.
BHHF also recognizes the work of other supporting NGO’s in the Shariya Camp including the Barzani Foundation, various donors, WFP, World Vision, UNHCR and the Government, still much work is left and much help is needed.