Young Provider


Houssam, 14, a Syrian refugee in Lebanon, has been the main income provider for his family for the past three years.

From fixing windows to doing construction and electric work, there’s nothing that would scare Houssam.

“I used to earn about $50 a week working two shifts [a day]. The supermarket owner didn’t treat me very nice - he used to hit me when he was mad, and kicked me and slapped me when I was working,” says Houssam.

Despite being mistreated, Houssam kept on working so that he could bring food home to his family.

“After all, I’m the income provider of the family - I’m the head of household,” he says.

“I’ve been working since I was 12 years old, but I prefer to go to school.”

Photo©2016 World Vision, Marwan Tahtah

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