La-On offers financial support to the city of Ghent for the reception of refugees.  It is often hard to understand what a refugee is going through. Not only did he leave everything behind, he also made a risky journey. When he finally arrives safely, his whole life has to be rebuilt.  Mutjaba Haidari’s story proves that where there is a will, there is a way.  Even if that way is long.  

Mutjaba Haidari may be only 19, but he has lived half a life already. At age 14, he fled Afghanistan and came to Belgium alone. The CPAS is helping Mutjaba finding a job. “I am studying to become a sanitary installer in part-time schooling”, he tells us in correct Dutch learnt at the evening school. “I go to school twice a week. On the other days, I follow a training course. I accompany the team leader when he performs sanitary tasks in people’s homes. I like it a lot and am learning quickly.” Later, Mutjaba would like to work for a company.

The social worker has been following Mutjaba since he was 16. She helps him manage papers and invoices. Mutjaba is very independent and does well at school. The only difficulty was finding a place for him to do his training course. Luckily, he had a lot of help from the training and employment centre of the CPAS.

Mutjaba also gets help with his living circumstances. A living coach helps him organise his household. Agreements concerning cleaning, getting the trash out,… help Mutjaba to live alone and to build a life.
Mutjaba is making progress fast. His counsellors think he’ll complete his studies by the end of the year. After that, he’ll be ready to get to work.