april 2015

KARAM LEADERSHIP PROGRAM (KLP) 

April 29 - May 2 • Reyhanli, Turkey
Karam Computer Lab at the Salam School

5 of mentors) •50 students (grades 10-12)

creative therapy & holistic wellness

April 29 - May 2 • Reyhanli, Turkey
The Jeel School for Syrian Refugees

35 of mentors •500 students (grades 1-9)


CREATIVE THERAPY & HOLISTIC WELLNESS


HOLISTIC WELLNESS

Dental clinic which included check-ups, teeth, cleanings, fillings and caries control, extractions and emergency tooth care for the students. They also lead a dental and personal hygiene awareness workshop which trains the kids how to brush; educates them on the importance of brushing; and provides each child with a personal dental/hygiene kit. 

A pediatrition worked with a local ophthalmologist to provide holistic health care and vision screening for the students. They have also provided the school with baseline and permanent medical records for the students. 

A variety of sports workshops and physical activities that also teach students proper ways of exercising and maintaining a healthy physical and mental state. 

A yoga instructor lead workshops for students on the basics of
stretching, breathing, and mindfulness. 

 

CREATIVE THERAPY

This diverse series of workshops will focus on self-expression, creativity, and experimentation -activities including letter writing, calligraphy, quilting, illustration, and origami. 

Muralists Molly Crabapple and Fred led students in the creation of indoor and outdoor murals. Students learned new painting techniques, as well as practice creativity and collaboration. Their contributions are permanent art installations in the Jeel School. 

Photographers be introduced to the basics of photography for both creative and documentary purposes. Students had the opportunity to practice and experiment with their new skills, as well as learn the mechanics of different cameras and photo processing techniques. 

CREATIVE WRITING 

Writer and blogger, Wassim Al-Adel, alongside Lilah Khoja, will be running journal writing workshops 

for the children to help them develop their language arts abilities. Their work aims to instill healthy 

habits of recording feelings and memories and how to use writing for self-expression. 

MEDIA AND DOCUMENTATION

Mohamad Ojjeh will be leading the Zeitouna documentation team which includes photography, film, 

writing, and social media coverage. Our mentors who are writers will be covering Zeitouna for 

intentional media.

TRANSLATION TEAM

Karam Foundation is proud to hire a group of four young Syrians as translators for our Zeitouna 

mentors. This motivated group of will travel from Syria to Turkey to join us. They also learn skills and 

techniques from our mentors to take back to children who live inside Syria.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

KARAM LEADERSHIP PROGRAM (KLP) 

This was our second KLP mission, a follow-up to our successful fall 2014 mission for Syrian refugee teens, continued with the 50 students under KLP mentor, Mohanad Ghashim, who provided an intensive four-day job training course. 14 Syrian refugee students (8 boys and 6 girls) with an interest in a tech career were offered fair-waged tech jobs for the summer at Mohanad Ghashim's company, ShopGo. The kids worked remotely from Karam’s fully-equipped computer lab that we built in November 2014 in the Salam School in Reyhanli.

The lab currently serves over 1400 students at the Salam School where they learn computer literacy, gain computer skills, and access the internet for research and online learning tools as well as learn to use social media as a tool for global communication. The lab also provides a creative and open space for innovative workshops like the Advanced KLP Journalism workshop we conducted in Fall 2015.
 

KLP WAS FEATURED ON NBC NEWS   

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