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Nour’s resilient story in Azraq refugee camp

Arriving at the crowded Azraq refugee camp, Nour's heart ached at the sight of the thousands of caravans and the faces etched with scars of the war. But even with all the chaos, "I felt relieved and safe. I could not believe the absence of bombs and shooting."

Months passed, and the family grew, with four more children born into the uncertain world. Nour and her husband struggled to provide for their growing family, which was fully dependent on aid for survival. With no opportunity for employment, they clung to the hope of a better future, one where their children could thrive in safety and peace. "I was continuously looking for opportunities to educate myself while in the camp. I've always aimed to improve my situation for both myself and my family," she explained. "When I discovered the different programs run by CARE International in Jordan at the camp, I immediately signed up to be a volunteer leader." Throughout the years, Nour actively participated in different courses and activities, eager to learn and contribute.

Through these courses, Nour discovered the hydroponics program funded by the Austrian Development Agency. "I was fascinated; I never knew that such an innovative way of growing plants existed without any soil." Due to the COVID-19 restrictions, Nour engaged in online sessions about the different types of hydroponics systems and learned about the essential equipment needed for the setup.

Nour also learned how to maintain optimal conditions for plant growth, including monitoring pH levels and managing temperature. As restrictions eased, she attended in-person sessions, immersing herself in the practical application of hydroponic farming. "I vividly remember the moment we were invited to our first in-person session and were given our first payment before we began. I couldn't believe it. That was my first-ever income. I used it to buy clothes, shoes, and food for my children."


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