Syrian refugee working in Miranda do Corvo is an example of empowerment

He fled the war and found peace in Miranda do Corvo, in the district of Coimbra, in a "better than Lisbon" village, where he knows "all people", he told the news agency Lusa.

"I am in a safe place and I could rebuild my life, I am happy to be here and have had the opportunity to do everything alone, not depending on anyone," Fawzi said, 32.

After 18 months of the reception program, he became autonomous and began to decide the steps of his life, after he started working in a Penela company as a mechanic, which was his profession in Syria.

The time (06:00 to 20:00) was not adjusted to his family life and ended with leaving this job and following a training from the ADFP Foundation to be faithful to the warehouse.

After completing the course, he signed a supported employment contract and is currently an employee with a normal employment contract with the institution.

The example of Fawzi contrasts sharply with that of other Syrian refugees who were welcomed by the ADFP Foundation, who have shown resistance to becoming independent.

On Monday three Syrian families who settled in Miranda and Corvo were left without water and electricity in the houses they inhabit on behalf of the ADFP Foundation, which owns the houses.

The coordinator of the institution's refugee relief program, Paula Santos, explained that the families concerned had terminated the support contract at the beginning of September and did not show any desire to become autonomous, as determined in the reception process.

"The guest contract was canceled for two months, but during the whole process we tried to resolve their situation, but there was resistance from the refugees," she said.

Fawzi Rasheed points out that "people know they are entitled to a 18-month guest contract and from there they have to do something, go to work and pay their home, water and electricity expenses."

The young Syrian agrees that refugees "seek" their empowerment at the end of the 18-month care program, convinced that "someone can not live their lives with the desire that others pay for food, electricity and water. "

"This country does not have as much money as other countries, we can not compare Portugal with Germany," he emphasized.

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