Soha is 24 years old and lives in Gaza. As a young woman with a disability, she is particularly vulnerable.
When we first met her, she was unable to find a suitable job and was worried about her future. However, thanks to the graduate programme, she is now earning a stable living.
Soha prepares meals for disabled children, making approximately 300 meals a day. She is a key worker at her place of work and is happy and thriving. Soha says:
Islamic Relief cares about individuals with disabilities, especially disabled women.
Once I became employed, my sister and I could live more comfortably and easily meet our daily needs without asking anyone for help.
I am so happy with what I do and what I offer to children. For the first time in my life, I am completely happy.
Alhamdulillah, Soha’s workplace has a lift, which gives her easy access around the building. She feels welcome and respected and can face the future with hope:
The staff treat me very well – just like any other person who does not have a disability.
When I receive my salary, I go to get my medicine confidently and happily, with no need for help from others.
I am really surprised, I have my own source of income. It’s a very beautiful feeling.
With Islamic Relief supporting me, I can get on with life and work and play sport – just like any other person. Thank you Islamic Relief for enabling me to work.
Thank you for supporting Soha and many more people across Gaza to earn a sustainable living. You are helping us to empower young people and face the future with greater hope.
You truly are life-savers.