ATTA, ASMA, IBRAHIM, MOHAMMAD
CITY OF ORIGIN: HOMS
LENGTH OF DISPLACEMENT: 10 MONTHS
OUR FAMILY: ATTA (16), MOHAMMAD (14), ASMA (12), IBRAHIM (9)
OUR STORY: We left our home in Syria to escape insurgent groups and the heavy bombardment of our city. Our current situation is very tough; our father suffers from a neurological disease as well as a leg injury. Our brother, Mohammad has been out of school for one year. He works in a furniture shop where he makes very little. Our entire family is dependent on Mohammad's salary. Since Karam visited our home last month, Mohammad is very excited to go back to school. He will begin 7th grade this year.
UPDATE - SEPTEMBER 2016: "This summer we visited our uncle. We are really excited to go back to school because we missed our friends! We all want to return to learning and to be first in our class. I really hope we are able to do it! Asma is going to make some new friends to play with. We will all miss the summer because we got to play a lot but Atta is really looking forward for classes."
UPDATE - JANUARY 2017: "All of us passed our exams this semesters! We did very well. School went really well for all of us and we were all reunited with our friends. Mohammad is so popular that he never has time for us anymore! My favorite subjects are Chemistry and Physics. Mohammad and Asma both enjoy Math and Arabic. Ibrahim's favorite subject is Turkish." -Love, Atta
UPDATE - APRIL 2017: "My brothers and I love playing sports. Everyone thinks it's weird that I love soccer but I don't care – I'm trying to be the best soccer player ever. My teachers also like me because I'm second in my class! My brothers are also doing really well – Ibrahim told me he wants to be number 1 in English so I really hope he's able to do that. Mohammad was also second in his class and got an award from the school! Next year, we're going to be even better". -Love, Asma
UPDATE - OCTOBER 2017: “I spent this summer learning Turkish and also attending the Karam House. One of the workshops I attended was learning about airplanes and pilots. It is good to be back in school. The best part is that I am learning but the worst part is how early we have to wake up to get to classes on time. If I could change anything about the rules, I would change the school hours to start later in the day. My dream is to continue studying so that one day I can become a pharmacist.”
UPDATE - JANUARY 2018: “We have new teachers teaching us this year and they’re all very nice. At home my mom helps me in my homeworks and school my friends and I always help each other. My favourite two classes are maths and physics. We are all always super excited about going to school, specially Mohammad since wants to become a doctor in the future. We go to Karam House to learn English, and I go to Karam Lab as well; where I learn about 3D printing and computer programs.” – Atta
UPDATE - MAY 2018: “I look up to my cousin, she’s a pharmacist and she’s very clever. I really enjoy going to school, English is the hardest class and sometimes it is difficult for me to understand everything but I am working on it. Going to the sea is one of my favorite things to do, especially when I am with my family. From what I see my siblings are also going very well in their studies.” – Asma
UPDATE- AUGUST 2018: “I go to Karam House and spend my time there, and I often think about my future and how I can achieve my dreams and be successful in life! In the summer, I love going to Iskenderun and playing on the beach with my family and relatives. My favorite animal are cats because of how they look in our garden.” - Adaa
“I was registered in the Karam Lab and am now waiting for a new program. I often think about how to be successful because life used to be really hard, so it’s important to be successful. I like going to the beach with my family, playing ball, or heading to the swimming pool!” - Mohammed
UPDATE - DECEMBER 2018: “School is going well, but I am facing some difficulties in my Turkish and English classes. I’m in eleventh grade, and I love teaching my friends and other students math. I teach them like my teacher does and provide them an opportunity to talk about the subject. In the future, I see myself in college studying nursing and going back to Syria. If I could tell people anything, it would be to study so that we can build Syria when we return. “ - Atta
UPDATE - APRIL 2019: “I love going to school and sitting under the olive tree because that’s where all the girls gather. We eat fries and biscuits together, and I feel strongest when I’m defending my friends. If I had money, though, I would update the school because it’s in need of a lot of things, or I’d build a new school altogether. During the mid-year break, I went to Karam House with my sister Atta. We also moved to a new house!” - Asma
UPDATE - OCTOBER 2019: “I've been struggling a bit with Turkish class at school, so I signed up for a Turkish course at the local institute. Turkish is a really hard language, unlike Arabic, but the extra classes help me a lot. My friends and I also started learning how to become hairdressers at a local salon. It's actually really cool to be able to cut people's hair and see them leave the salon really happy and excited! It gives me a really good feeling inside!” — Asma
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