What effects does the Great Job bring?
The Great Job Project has been on for more than two years. During this time 55 workplaces have been created, and soon others will be open.
Many of you have probably noticed that there are no statistics availabe on our website regarding the help that we provide. We consider that the least important aspect of our work. We could draw charts and diagrams in order to show how many people have been helped through our projects. However, we do not collect such data. Often it does not make any sense. We think that help is provided when in the aftermath a person or a family does not require support anymore. So little, and yet so much. Does supplying a family with petrol for the winter can count as help? If so, should we multiply a barrel of oil by the number of family members? By applying such logic it might turn out that all organizations and foundations in Iraq, Syria, Jordan and Lebanon have helped more people than the actual number of residents in a given country.
Great Job in numbers
The Great Job Project has been named by the beneficiaries themselves. The first workplace opened within this framework was… And that is the problem. Several of them were created at almost the same time, including locksmith and welding workshops as well as a shop, or more accurately a stall with dried fruit and nuts. All of them were created in summer 2017 in Karakosh. It is difficult to assess which one of them was opened first, but we have decided to give this title to Adnan – a locksmith whose story I have shared several times.
Several others are on the list as well and some of them may appear weird, but from our point of view, the most important thing is that they are operating. Apart from the dry fruit and nuts stall, where we were buying pistachios last year, there are also such services as a dress rental shop and a water cart.
How to name it?
I had significant problems with workplaces that are difficult to name and categorize. So there is something that was called an “iron shop”. It is a place were metal constructions are made, such as those used for building a garage, a croft or a sliding gate. Is it a locksmith, a blacksmith or a welding shop? It combines them all, hence the “iron shop”. There is also a salad bar, a construction company whose owner is an expert in installing suspended ceilings, a stationery shop which offers phone accessories as well, and a craftsman whose main tools are compressor and paint. There are many professions in Iraq that either do not exist in Poland or are dying out.
Among 55 places that we have managed to open we could point out 4 main industries: construction and renovation (7 workplaces), services (23 workplaces), food (10) and retail (15). Out of those only two are currently not operational.
If such a help bear fruit and if it is worth continuing – you can answer yourselves. We only provide terrorism victims with resources to put their ideas into practice and then we share the effects with you. We leave it to you to arrive at your own conclusions. If you consider our work meaningful, please do share our story with your friends or support the Great Job Project. Every penny counts. Soon you will be able to read about developments regarding supplying families with livestock and about volunteers with whom we locally cooperate.
Help is needed immediately
In a few words, I will tell you a story of one of the families which last year received livestock from us. Gawri and her children – two daughters and three sons – currently live in Khanke, in a small house on the outskirts of town.