After his first year in Turkey, Jasem (36) became a daily worker, sometimes working in agriculture or in the local market, taking whatever irregular job was offered to him. Over time, he registered for the EU-funded Emergency Social Safety Net (ESSN), entitling him to a stable monthly financial assistance to buy what his family needed most. These changes enabled him and his family, including their new baby, to move to their own home.
Before these changes, Jasem admits that he was not coping well with life’s forced changes.
“I wasn’t treating my wife and children well—I was hitting my children due to my own financial and psychological situation.”
Jasem and his wife explored every possibility to meet their family’s basic needs. This included seeking support from organisations working in the region. The family were registered to receive support that could help them stay in Turkey longer, as they were afraid of going back to Syria.
This led to a home visit from a member of Concern’s Caregiver Engagement team, working in the local Concern community centre. At that time, Jasem’s two oldest girls, Rand and Reem, were working with him, as they were not regularly attending school. His two daughters were referred to Concern’s cash for education and psychosocial support (PSS) programmes.