Why I Started WorkAround
I have been in the United States since 2013. As a Syrian, I spent the last two and a half years studying Sustainable International Development and Conflict Resolution. I have been reflecting on all my studying and discussions both inside the classroom and outside in the world about what is happening in Syria. I was planning to work with and support refugees through aid organizations, but I discovered that we can’t keep providing aid forever. There are constantly crisis’ happening around the world and humanitarian aid can’t keep up with everything. Providing aid is not a sustainable way for anyone to move forward, rather we need to create economic opportunity. As part of my thesis, I started researching what could be done to help the millions of refugees. Based on my knowledge of the Syrian context, I know that many are highly educated and they have access to internet. This is where this idea for WorkAround came from. I felt I needed to be part of a solution not only to the Syrian crisis, but also for many displaced people.
Wafaa Arbash, Founder and CEO