My Working Life

by Gina, 19 from Bethlehem

This is Gina talking. I’m a normal girl with a small, happy family and a good life. I’m nineteen years old and I have one sister and two brothers. I finished high school at the Fréres School but I did not go to university .

I did not go to university because I started working.

One day my father was going to the church to pray when he saw his friend, George. He told my father that he needed someone to work in his souvenir shop and could not find anyone.

“I will look,” My father said to him. “If I find one I will tell you.”

At night, my parents and I were talking as usual. My father said, “Gina, do you want to work?”

“Why not?” I said. “But let me think about it.”

After one week, I told my dad, “Let me see the man and his shop. I need to ask him some questions.”

The next day, early in the morning at 7:30, we went to the shop and I told George that I will try.

“Maybe I will stay, maybe I will leave,” I said.

The first day of work was fantastic! I saw many people and heard many languages. It was a different day for me – I liked it.

That night, I told my dad that I liked the work and that I will stay.

Every day, George tells me a story about his life. He introduced me to his wife and his son. He tells everyone who visits the shop that I am his daughter.

I work from 8:30 am in the morning till 4:00 pm. Sometimes, when groups of tourists come late, George calls me or I will stay till 6:00 pm or later.

I like my work but want to study. I hope to study in the university and continue to work at George’s shop.

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Welcome to the official blog for the Just Sharing Project!

The Just Sharing Project is a narrative sharing project between young women in Pennsylvania, USA and Bethlehem, the West Bank. Beginning in November 2014, we participants have gathered together to discuss the importance of story-telling and compassionate listening in sharing the reality of our lives and dismantling stereotypes. We seek to empower our own and each other’s voices in order to reveal the variety and complexity of the lives of young women, both in the United States and in Palestine.

For more information on the Just Sharing Project, check out our “About the Just Sharing Project” page.

In her Ted Talk, “The Danger of a Single Story,” Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie eloquently states, “Stories matter. Many stories matter. Stories have been used to dispossess and to malign, but stories can also be used to empower and to humanize. Stories can break the dignity of a people, but stories can also repair that broken dignity.” This sentiment serves as a catalyst for our project. 

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