Meet Um Ali, the hardworking breadwinner of her family and dedicated mother.
Um Ali is also a Palestine refugee currently living in Jordan.
At the age of 43, Um Ali knows hardship. The seven members of her family, Palestine refugees originally from Gaza, share a one-room shelter in Jordan’s Jerash camp. Most homes in Jerash were built in 1968, and few families can afford to make repairs or enlarge their homes to accommodate their growing families.
It’s been a difficult time for Um Ali. Eight years ago, her husband, Hasan Naser, sustained a permanent disability in his right foot. “My husband could not work anymore, and I had to work on a farm, spending my days outside my home,” she says.
As the sole breadwinner, she had to make some tough decisions and worked to provide the most for her family with what she had. First, she saw her daughter get married despite her youth. When the family’s living conditions continued to worsen, “I had no choice but to take my second daughter out of school to help out at home, so that I could work longer hours.”
But then, as she was picking olives during the last harvest season, she fell down, suffered an injury and could no longer work. Um Ali is eager for every bit of support. Improving the home that she provides for her family will be a major step and a big relief for this Palestine refugee mother.
Originally published in May 2014.