A Better Future
A Better Future
Violence in Syria forced 16-year-old Safaa and her family to leave. Here she discusses her experience fleeing and resettling in Jordan and the impact of CARE's peer-to-peer support groups throughout that process.
"The war has had such a negative impact on girls. We’ve had so much to fear in our lives. Some girls don’t feel comfortable going to school. Some girls don’t even want to go outside. But we must be strong. We must remember our own power. We still have a life. We are still strong. Yes, we’ve had a bad thing happen to us — the war has hurt everyone. But despite the war, as humans we still have rights. No one can take these away. I learned to recognize my own power by coming to CARE’s safe space. Here I became more self-confident. Participating in the psychosocial activities has allowed us to discuss our lives and better understand our problems.
"I believe education helps guarantee us a better future. More than war, it can help fulfill the dreams of what we want to accomplish in life. Education can have a positive influence in our lives. For example, I want to be a lawyer — an education will help me do that. I want to help people realize their rights, especially the poor. Law isn’t a traditional job for girls. It used to be a shameful career choice. But things are changing.
"I want all girls everywhere to feel encouraged. We must maintain positive energy and avoid negative thinking. You’ll be stronger and better able to plan for the future. Believe that change is possible."
Intense fighting in Syria has forcibly displaced more people today than any other country. Every day, thousands of Syrians flee violence to seek out food, protection, medical care and other urgently needed aid. There are 13.5 million people inside Syria displaced or in desperate need of humanitarian aid. At least half of the displaced are children. The majority of the nearly 5 million refugees are struggling to meet the most basic needs, having left everything behind. Additionally, the executive order banning Syrian refugees from entering the U.S. puts the lives of those fleeing conflict and persecution at immediate risk.
CARE is reaching people impacted by the conflict with humanitarian assistance in Jordan, Egypt, Lebanon, Yemen and inside Syria, providing life-saving emergency assistance as well as solutions to help people cope with the longer term crisis.
Photo credit: Mary Kate MacIsaac/CARE