HELP US BUILD OUR FUTURES!

 

By contributing $50 a month, you'll join other donors to help provide the monthly stipend our families receive to send us to school. Karam will send you periodic updates on your sponsored family in the months of January, May, and September. If you have not received an email update, please email karam@karamfoundation.org.

 


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impact

 

SSRF has proven to be a huge success as hundreds of children have been able to take back their right to education and determine their own futures. The program protects Syrian refugee children from the following prevalent risk factors:

  • Child Labor: Many children are sent out to work as manual laborers in unregulated industries as their parents may not be able to make enough money to provide for their basic needs.

  • Early Marriage: Female Syrian refugee children are at risk of ‘protective marriages’ - marriages at a young age in order to ‘protect’ them from the hardships in the world.  In reality, these marriages are often filled with abuse and limit the child’s ability to succeed in the world.
  • Child Participation in War: Faced with no alternatives, often boys over the age of 14 travel back to Syria and are recruited to participate in the armed conflict.
 

in their own words:

 

Our Sponsor a Syrian Refugee Family program has impacted hundreds of kids. In the last 3 years, we’ve sponsored dozens of families and sent hundreds of kids back to school.

Read some of their stories, below!

 
  Iman and Mohammad   Our family is originally from Aleppo, Syria. When we fled to Reyhanli, we lived in a makeshift one bedroom apartment that used to be a storefront. Before meeting Karam Foundation in 2015, we worked to support our family. Mohammad was working in a mechanic shop with our older brother, and our older sister was a cashier at a grocery store. Since meeting Karam Foundation, our family moved into a new home with windows and running water. We go to Karam House to learn and study – we study very hard. Mohamad hopes to be an engineer and Iman wants to be a surgeon.

Iman and Mohammad

Our family is originally from Aleppo, Syria. When we fled to Reyhanli, we lived in a makeshift one bedroom apartment that used to be a storefront. Before meeting Karam Foundation in 2015, we worked to support our family. Mohammad was working in a mechanic shop with our older brother, and our older sister was a cashier at a grocery store. Since meeting Karam Foundation, our family moved into a new home with windows and running water. We go to Karam House to learn and study – we study very hard. Mohamad hopes to be an engineer and Iman wants to be a surgeon.

  Suleiman and Mohammad   We moved to Reyhanli to escape the war. We grew up in Aleppo. Because of the war, we were unable to continue our studies. We both worked to support our family. Mohammed worked in a mechanic shop and Suleiman was working at a gas station. We lived in a small crawl space basement with our parents and younger sister. Since joining Karam’s SSRF program, we were able to enroll in school and quit our jobs. We both go to Karam House regularly to learn different skills. Read more about Mohammed’s journey,  here !

Suleiman and Mohammad

We moved to Reyhanli to escape the war. We grew up in Aleppo. Because of the war, we were unable to continue our studies. We both worked to support our family. Mohammed worked in a mechanic shop and Suleiman was working at a gas station. We lived in a small crawl space basement with our parents and younger sister. Since joining Karam’s SSRF program, we were able to enroll in school and quit our jobs. We both go to Karam House regularly to learn different skills. Read more about Mohammed’s journey, here!

  Ibrahim and Nadim   Before meeting Karam Foundation in 2015, we were both working 12-hour shifts 6 days a week. Nadim was working in glassblower’s shop and Ibrahim worked at a sweets shop. After joining Karam’s SSRF program we were able to quit our jobs and go back to school. Since starting school, our behavior has really improved. We’ve joined Karam House and we study hard – we have very good grades.

Ibrahim and Nadim

Before meeting Karam Foundation in 2015, we were both working 12-hour shifts 6 days a week. Nadim was working in glassblower’s shop and Ibrahim worked at a sweets shop. After joining Karam’s SSRF program we were able to quit our jobs and go back to school. Since starting school, our behavior has really improved. We’ve joined Karam House and we study hard – we have very good grades.

  Elen and Jamil   Our family was displaced multiple times before leaving Syria. Our father was injured and is paralyzed. Before meeting the Karam Team, we were not enrolled in school – Elen stayed home to care for our father and watch our younger siblings. Our mother worked odd jobs to make ends meet. Since enrolling in Karam’s SSRF program, we went back to school. In 2016, we resettled to the US and are part of Karam’s Jumpstart program to support refugees in the US. The Karam Team purchased a disibility and wheelchair accessible van for our family. We all work hard in school, our parents are also learning English. With Karam’s help, our mother is learning how to drive as well.

Elen and Jamil

Our family was displaced multiple times before leaving Syria. Our father was injured and is paralyzed. Before meeting the Karam Team, we were not enrolled in school – Elen stayed home to care for our father and watch our younger siblings. Our mother worked odd jobs to make ends meet. Since enrolling in Karam’s SSRF program, we went back to school. In 2016, we resettled to the US and are part of Karam’s Jumpstart program to support refugees in the US. The Karam Team purchased a disibility and wheelchair accessible van for our family. We all work hard in school, our parents are also learning English. With Karam’s help, our mother is learning how to drive as well.

  Mahmoud, Duaa, Aisha, & Esraa   Our family is originally from Homs, Syria. We fled to Reyhanli in 2014. We lived with our mother, grandmother, uncle, and his wife and kids in one small apartment. We have not heard from our father since he was arrested in Syria in 2012. Before joining Karam’s SSRF program in 2015, none of us were in school, we had missed 2 years of schooling due to the war. Today, Aisha, Mahmoud, Duaa, Aisha, and Esraa are all enrolled in school. We are learning Turkish. Aisha has dreams of being a doctor one day.

Mahmoud, Duaa, Aisha, & Esraa

Our family is originally from Homs, Syria. We fled to Reyhanli in 2014. We lived with our mother, grandmother, uncle, and his wife and kids in one small apartment. We have not heard from our father since he was arrested in Syria in 2012. Before joining Karam’s SSRF program in 2015, none of us were in school, we had missed 2 years of schooling due to the war. Today, Aisha, Mahmoud, Duaa, Aisha, and Esraa are all enrolled in school. We are learning Turkish. Aisha has dreams of being a doctor one day.

 

WHERE THEY LIVE

Karam Foundation’s sponsorship program currently sponsors 155 children in Reyhanli and 121 children in Istanbul. This year, we are expanding to reach 400 children in Turkey as well as launch the program in Jordan!

 
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activities

Our sponsorship program is overseen by our team of highly skilled Project Coordinators that are on the ground working directly with the families and children we serve. Every month, our staff organize activities for the children we sponsor in both Reyhanli and Istanbul.

 

a day at the museum! 

In March, Karam Foundation organized a field trip for forty-five children enrolled in our Sponsor A Syrian Refugee Family program in Istanbul. Children visited the Rahmi M. Koc Museum, a private industrial museum that’s dedicated to the history of transport, industry, and communications.

 

movie day at karam house!