Mohammad is a 14-year-old boy living in the Baqa’a refugee camp in Jordan. His mother died while he was young and his family is struggling to make ends meet. After school, Mohammad works as a delivery boy in the Baqa’a camp market, helping shoppers carry their groceries, and making deliveries between stores, with a cart that he proudly owns and maintains.
Mohammad is like a lot of the young people who grow up in refugee camps across Jordan. He attends the UNRWA boys’ school in Baqa’a and may go on to one of UNRWA’s many vocational training programmes after that. He dreams of being an electrician and owning his own shop.
Mohammad spends a lot of time with the staff and kids at the Orphan Care Centre in the refugee camp. The centre works with children aged 5 to 18 years old who have lost a parent. They run several programmes including vocational training, after-school activities and summer camps, and provide a small amount of financial aid for needy families. UNRWA supports community-based organisations, such as this centre, which provide essential services to young people facing personal and social difficulties.