IBRAHIM AND NADIM
CITY OF ORIGIN: ALEPPO
LENGTH OF DISPLACEMENT: 1.5 YEARS
STATUS: CHILD LABOR + EXTREME POVERTY
OUR FAMILY: IBRAHIM (10), NADIM (13)
OUR STORY (APRIL 2015): We used to work 12-hour days, 6 days a week for as little as $1 a day. Ibrahim worked at a sweets shop across town. Nadim worked as an apprentice at a glassblower's shop. Unlike our younger sister Jowana, we were not able to go to school because we had to support our family. Before the Karam Team visited us in April 2015, the burden we lived under was evident on Ibrahim's face which was etched with premature worry lines. Going back to school was a dream-come-true for us and our family. After joining Karam's Learn Not Earn program, we began to go to school with Jowana and started our journey to reclaim our childhoods and our future.
UPDATE - SEPTEMBER 2015: Ibrahim and Nadim have been attending the Salam School in Reyhanli since May 2015. We are so happy to be out of child labor and be part of a school environment with our new friends.
UPDATE - JUNE 2016: "Ibrahim and I have been working really hard! This summer while he becomes a Boy Scout at our school, I’ll be taking computer classes. I’ve grown to love school and I realize that it’s my future. I’ve improved my reading and writing skills. Ibrahim’s behavior has also gotten much better since starting school, which our family is so happy about. Thank you!" - Nadim
UPDATE - SEPTEMBER 2016: "This summer, I studied for the qualifying exams that I will have to take next year. Ibrahim and I also attended our school’s summer activities and we were a part of the Scouts. We are both really excited to go back. I know Ibrahim has really missed our teachers and I missed our friends! We both want to improve our Arabic and I’m really looking forward to starting English." - Nadim
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