Catching up with Hussin at FareShare North East

4 March 2019

Originally from Syria, Hussin Alanjari fled the country’s civil war, settling in Newcastle alongside his wife and their three children last year. In the mornings Hussin goes to college to study for
an English qualification and in the afternoon he volunteers at FareShare North East, helping in any way he can.

Hussin’s background is in construction and in Syria he also undertook the vital, but dangerous task of accompanying journalists reporting in the country.

When he arrived in the UK he was keen to start volunteering, not just to improve his English, but to give something back. He said “I wanted to work with FareShare because I know that it helps the poor.”

Rebecca Ball, Volunteer Manager at FareShare North East, said: “He is one of the hardest working volunteers I have known. Nothing phases him. He speaks very little English and we often have to rely
on Google Translate but we have noticed a big difference in the few weeks he has been volunteering with us. He gets involved in everything and has such a positive attitude.”

Thanks to National Lottery players we’re able to recruit more volunteers like Hussin, through a three-year grant from The National Lottery Community Fund.

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