SULEIMAN AND MOHAMAD
CITY OF ORIGIN: ALEPPO, SYRIA
LENGTH OF DISPLACEMENT: 2 YEARS
STATUS: CHILD LABOR + EXTREME POVERTY
OUR FAMILY: MOHAMAD (15), SULEIMAN (13)
OUR STORY (APRIL 2015): We have lived in Reyhanli for two years as refugees. We have not been to school in over two years. Before the Karam Team visited our home in April 2015, Mohamad used to work in a mechanic shop. Suleiman used to work in a gas station. We live with our parents and younger sister in a basement crawl space, which is so unfit for habitation, we don't even pay rent! Our mother does her best to keep the windowless, concrete cell clean and tidy. Our parents were ecstatic that we could quit our jobs and will finally have the chance to attend school once again. We are so happy to be part of the the first group to join Karam's sponsorship program for refugee kids like us who are victims of child labor.
UPDATE - SEPTEMBER 2015: We have been attending the Salam School since April and are so happy to be building our futures.
UPDATE - MARCH 2016: "We both really like going to school. We have really nice teachers. They are so patient and they are really brilliant. Suleiman really likes math. He enjoys solving problems and answering questions. I really like Arabic. I enjoy reading and writing. I also like history, my teacher makes the material very fun. We both wake up and get ourselves ready for school. Thank you for your support!" - Mohamad
UPDATE - JUNE 2016: "We love school so much! Our favorite subject is computer science; we spend so much time in the lab that our mom calls school our second home! We’ve both improved in our reading and writing and we both study so hard. Our teachers are happy with us in the classroom because we’re well behaved." - Mohamad + Suleiman
UPDATE - SEPTEMBER 2016: "This summer, we both took summer school in order to prepare ourselves for the qualifying exams that we will do this coming year; Mohammad went to Istanbul on a Scouts field trip and I wish I could have gone. Maybe when I am his age I will be able to go. We are both looking forward to going back to school in order to see our friends, who we missed dearly." - Mohammad + Suleiman
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