Meet Hassan, a proud owner of a beekeeping business and father.
Hassan is also a Palestine refugee currently living in Lebanon.
Hassan has eagerly jumped into the beekeeping business after receiving six beehives as a grant. He speaks very proudly about his new business and explains that he intends to continue to invest in the beehives and build his business until it thrives. He is determined to provide for his six family members despite the hardships they’ve endured.
Although Hassan doesn’t remember much of his childhood, the incident that shook his life stands out clearly in his mind. When he was 13, he was injured during the war and lost his right arm.
“I lost my right arm and was left empty-handed,” he says. His parents insisted on teaching him how to write with his left hand and pushed him to complete his Brevet education. Despite his education, life continued to present challenges and obstacles to Hassan, but his determination to become self-sufficient shows an admirable work ethic, setting an example for his children. “Today, I still need the help of some institutions to survive, but I am sure I will be autonomous soon. Very soon.”
Originally published in November 2010.