Beneficiary: Anton Salloum
Fund Date: 03/2022
Age: 31 years old
Family members: 3
Skills and experience: 12 years of experience
Anton did not choose to spend his youthful years in military service, but it was something imposed on him by the brutality of war and the bitterness of the crisis.
At the end of 2011, Anton was called for military service, which extended for a whole decade, during which he had to work day and night as a driver. During those years, his family was exposed to many dangers and migrated to Lebanon, while he remained in Syria. Even when his father was diagnosed with cancer and was forced to return to Syria with his mother to have treatment, Anton could not do anything to support them financially or incorporeally.
Anton was finally discharged in 2021, he found himself in his thirties, lost and confused without any savings or a profession, in addition to being responsible for his ill father and his exhausted mother in the most difficult living circumstances. He had to overcome the hardships and start working, as his family was living in extreme poverty and needed his support.
Based on his driving experience, Anton started working as a taxi driver, but the profits were much less than the living expenses especially since two-thirds of his income was going straight to the taxi owner which made him quit and start to work as a private driver for a family, but his salary was also very low and didn’t meet the costs of his basic needs or his father treatment.
Anton was in a very bad psychological state especially after one of his friends committed suicide, he felt as if God has abandoned him and that he was left alone to face life’s misfortunes. However, God has a purpose behind every difficulty we face. Indeed, the wisdom of the Lord intervened in time to lead Anton to the Micro-projects Office in Damascus, where he applied for the taxi, and his request was approved.
“The date of receiving the approval of having my own taxi was the date of starting my new life, for the first time, I will be able to secure enough income to support my family and secure a decent living for them”.
In Anton’s case, out of desperation.....a new hope was born.