The Iraqi Red Crescent Society has organized a workshop to teach those with special needs and the unemployed people how to maintain mobile phones where more than 15 people with special needs has participated.
The trainer of the mentioned workshop Walid Jumaa, said that the aims to train young people with special needs and the unemployed on the said profession to suits their health status, and physical abilities. However, they need accuracy at work and to focus while dealing with devices.The trainees were able to learn the ways to maintain mobile phones, detect faults, open and install mobile phones and tablets, adding to dealing with common faults.
Jumaa also added that after completing this workshop, the trainee has gained experience that will enable him to practice the profession of maintaining phones; they will start a project that will be a source of livelihood so that they can live their normal life with society.
Siraj Munir, one of the trainers who had 32 years old. He lost his legs just because an explosion. He talked about the workshop saying “In 2008, I was exposed to an explosion which causes my leg lost. After I got recover my physical disability I started to face many abstracts and difficulties in my life. The Iraqi Red Crescent Society has provided me with a profession suits my disability and it just needs a mind and a hand, and there is no need for muscular effort”.
He also stressed, “I am going to work to open a mobile phone maintenance shop, and will communicate with the trainers in order to obtain significant consultations regarding the latest developments in the maintenance work as this profession will be the source of livelihood for me and my family.”
Moreover, People with disabilities feel great suffering because the negative way concerning how society view them. Sinan Kamal, 36 years old who has lost his legs in an explosion in 2006, says that our suffering is great because the way society view us, so we need psychosocial, moral and material support, and the participation in such courses and workshops which sponsored by humanitarian organizations is significant part of supporting is through integrating people with disabilities into their society, and will enables them to coexist with their peers.
He continued “We did not have enough information regarding phone maintenance. However, after this workshop, it would be possible to get more specialized courses and workshops in this area to enable us to manage this profession”.
Finally, this workshop comes within the initiatives of the (Union through the Power of Football) project that supported by the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, which aims to involve young people from the local community in many activities and projects.