During the Syrian civil war, Yomna lost her home seven times. She had to move again and again until she could not find safety anywhere. Her family decided to turn their backs on Damascus and go to Germany. Yomna’s husband, however, was weary of exposing his loved ones to such a high-risk journey and decided to test it out by himself, first. He took the usual route on foot through Iran and Turkey, as well as crossing the Mediterranean Sea to Europe. After many exhausting months he arrived in Berlin in mid-2015. Once there, he tried to learn German as quickly as possible and find an apartment for his family. A little less than a year later, Yomna and her two little daughters were finally able to reunite as a family in Berlin.
German for refugees: The key to working
Yomna, a trained agricultural scientist, is relieved that her children are safe now. She also genuinely likes living in Germany. Only at the very beginning did the open-minded and communicative Yomna struggle with the German language, which is a considerable barrier to finding a suitable job. Upon the recommendation of a friend, she enrolled in Care Forward in the fall of 2017 and was immediately enthused. There she gained insights into German labour law, learned about diverse job opportunities in the nursing and education sectors, and received active support in the search for a job.
During her Care Forward training course she decided to start a new career path and become a nurse. Yomna will soon start an internship at a large hospital in Berlin. Envisioning herself as a nurse fills her with pride and meaning, and she believes that the nursing profession will allow her to give back to society for the new chance in life that Care Forward has provided her. But first things first: Yomna is sticking with full ambition to her language course in order to become fluent in German. She knows that only those who speak the language can truly succeed in a career as demanding as nursing.