"I cannot think of any need in childhood as strong as the need for a father’s protection," - Sigmund Freud
Syria's ongoing conflict has torn countless families apart. Entire communities have been uprooted, scattering millions within Syria and driving more than 4 million people into surrounding countries. Syrian fathers usually a refugee household's main breadwinners are now facing the daily hardships of refugee life in many host countries
In the case of Syrian Armenians, refugee families lacking a financial income are sometimes being forced to send their children to work (instead of school), in order to survive.
According to the Karageuzian Foundation in Marash Camp Bourj Hammoud there are over 660 Syrian Armenian refugee children registered to attend various day schools in Lebanon. We met with various refugee families, and social workers who told us stories of families forced to pull their children out of school in order to make ends meet. Rents for these refugee families is their largest expense. Refugee breadwinner fathers are trying more than ever to provide for their families.
Other Syrian refugees who found refuge in Armenia are living in refugee shelters as head of households cannot seem to be able to afford paying for apartments.
But as always, fathers are resilient and seem to be rebuilding again. Many are already trying to start new businesses in Yerevan.
Every day, Syrian Armenians are starting over in Armenia as a recent Civilinet article reported by opening various small businesses. And they are doing it to support their families.
Syrian Armenian fathers have become important human capital in Armenia's service economy adding diversity and new dimensions to customer service. Lahmajun Gaidz, founded by Gaidz from Aleppo makes incredible Middle Eastern foods like Lahmajuns, Manayeesh and other creations. He and his family are known for service with a smile and exuding positive energy.
Every good father longs to give his children a safe, fulfilling future. But for the Dads amongst Armenia's estimated 15,000 Syrian refugees, it’s not something they can always offer. Some of these urban refugees are even struggling with their rents.
"I work 12-14 hours per day. Its hard. But to be safely with my family in Armenia now is a miracle," a head of household refugee, Kevork told us. "Some of us [men] are still in Aleppo, and others are in Sweden, away from their families. But, I am here. For this I say, it is a miracle and I thank God for it" as he looks at his children. " When I come home after a long day" he says, "my big pleasure is to see that my children are continuing to go to school. At this stage its all about the children and their future."
This year, break away from the usual gifts for Father’s Day and help refugee families across the world.
As the war in Syria wages on, We can still create hope, We can help, and We need funding. If you're asking yourself what YOU can do to help those seeking refuge, WATCH this video and contribute by going to igg.me/at/rootsforrefugees. We have 16 days left to make a difference !
This Father's Day, honor your father by making a donation in his name. Your contribution will give refugee families in Armenia with much needed housing assistance! go now and donate
1. Go To #RootsForRefugees
2. Insert the details of your Dad as the donor and we'll send him a donation receipt.
3. Put a smile on your Dad's face by telling him about it.
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