(DATES) • Reyhanli, Turkey
Karam Computer Lab at the Salam School

4 mentors 20 students (grades 10-12)


Former NYT journalist Hala Droubi recruited refugee teens who expressed interest in journalism when she visited the KLP November 2014 mission and kept in touch with them for 10 months. She sent them articles to read and summarize and gave them short writing assignments that she would read and give feedback. In Fall 2015, Hala returned to the Salam School with three international journalist friends and a videographer to conduct an advanced journalism course for 15 of the best students who qualified for the course based on their correspondence with Hala. They learned about finding a news source, interviewing people, completing a story, and making a video story which they completed together. 

After the mission ended, Hala secured 4 students with a 4-month internship in Istanbul at a Syrian newspaper, Sada Al-Sham. She also crowdfunded their travel and living expenses to cover the internship. One of the students, Ahmad Saflo from Aleppo, just published a front-page story in the newspaper last month! We met two of the boys in Istanbul and they were thrilled to see us and give us a copy of the newspaper.

Journalism has now become one of our core “career paths” that we implement into every mission. Hala Droubi leads the journalism component of our Innovative Education programming and we continue to add new journalists (including non-Syrians) to the list of potential mentors.