Beneficiary: Wassim Nanaa
Fund Date: 04/2022
Age: 38 years old
Family members: 3
Skills and experience: Four years of experience
Life is about moving on, accepting changes, and looking forward to what makes you stronger and more complete.
That’s what could be concluded from the life journey of Wassim Nanaa, a 37-year-old man who was struggling for the last decade to survive. Wassim was living along with his mother and two brothers in Al-Dwalaa area, working as a hairstylist with his brother and their work was good enough to secure them a decent life.
Wassim was like any young man of his age, dreaming about having a home and starting a family without knowing he was about to face many dark days that will change his life completely with the first months of the war outbreak, he got called to serve the military in the city of Aleppo, the center of the darkest battles in the country.
Soon after, his brother had to close the Salon and travel to Erbil, while the third one stayed with their mother whose health deteriorated from fear for her sons' future. During the first years of his service, Wassim went through very hard circumstances and escaped death many times.
In 2016, Wassim was transferred to serve in the city of Damascus, where he became close to his family and neighborhood so he began to do any work available to secure his income and improve his family's living conditions, then he started working as an English tutor at home in addition to some freelance-translation work.
Wassim was finally discharged from the military service last year, so he volunteered at St. Elias Church in Al-Dwalaa teaching English to needy students who couldn't afford private lessons, but despite his long working hours, his income wasn’t meeting the increasing living expenses.
Through the Micro-project program, Wassim was able to transform a room in his house into a teaching class and prepare it with the tools and equipment to give lessons and secure a sustainable income.