Hannan | Development and Peace



"Through the training course, I personally evolved a lot as a person. I am no longer Hannan the shy, but Hannan the responsible woman who provides for her family. I have more confidence in myself. Even my husband looks at me differently. I did not imagine that one day in my life I would be in that place! Today, I dream of teaching sewing and running a learning centre."


Hannan is married and the mother of three children. She has had to support her family on her own ever since her husband suffered a stroke that left him partially paralyzed. She recently took an 11-week sewing course offered at one of the Darna Centres, a vocational training facility.

Partner Description: Darna Centres

We are working with people in northern Syria, especially women, to give them the tools they need to provide — with pride and dignity — the essentials that will improve the living conditions of their families. The projects supported by Development and Peace – Caritas Canada respond to the major crises caused by the war in Syria. They positively influence economic, social and political conditions there. We support projects that promote women’s economic autonomy, as these projects have a positive impact on the status of Syrian women. They lay the foundation for an egalitarian society and break the cycle of poverty. We support the Darna Centres, two vocational training centres for Syrian women. Women attending workshops at the centres receive monthly financial compensation and can have their children cared for while they are attending classes.

Development and Peace provides Syrian women with the means to realize their ambitions. Between June 1st, 2016 and May 31st, 2017:

280 women

will have had access to an 11-week sewing course, as well as psychosocial support.

265 women

will have taken an English course, 300 a computer course and 80 will have participated in courses in writing and reading

80% of the women

who have taken the sewing course will be able to find a job related to their newly-acquired skills.

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