ATTA, ASMA, IBRAHIM, MOHAMMAD
CITY OF ORIGIN: HOMS
LENGTH OF DISPLACEMENT: 10 MONTHS
STATUS: EXTREME POVERTY, DISABLED PARENT, CHILD LABOR
OUR FAMILY: ATTA (16), MOHAMMAD (14), ASMA (12), IBRAHIM (9)
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.
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