AHMAD and sedra

CITY OF ORIGIN: IDLIB

LENGTH OF DISPLACEMENT: 3 YEARS

OUR FAMILY:  AHMAD (14), SEDRA (8)

OUR STORY: We left our home in Syria due to security reasons. Since leaving, it has been very difficult for our parents to make ends meet.  Ahmad, works in a jewelry store to help support his family. He has been out of school for two years and would like to continue his education and quit his work. Since Karam visited our home last month, Ahmad is very excited to go to school. He will begin 8th grade.

UPDATE - SEPTEMBER 2016:  "This summer, we played a lot. Sedra wishes she could have taken a Turkish course, but she was not able to. We are excited to back to school to see our friends. We really want to improve our Turkish and school is how we can do that. Our dad is looking forward to helping us out in school and attending the parent meetings as well. He is so proud of us."

UPDATE - JANUARY 2017: "This semester we had a field trip to the park and we played soccer and basketball with the entire class. That was my favorite part of the school year. My favorite subject is Arabic and I really enjoy grammar. Sedra's favorite subject is Music. Every day she learns a new song or poem to perform. She is very talented. Abdu, my best friend, somehow manages to come over every other day after school. We play together and study together so that we can do well in our classes." -Love, Ahmad

UPDATE - APRIL 2017: "Turkish class has been hard this year. Both Ahmad and I are struggling with it. But I'm trying to be better. I did really well on my exams. Ahmad didn't do as well as he wanted to but he said he's going to be better. We love playing soccer and always want to do that with each other". -Love, Sedra

UPDATE- OCTOBER 2017: “I am excited to be back in school after the vacation and I have my friends with me. Now I am in the 9th grade and picking up more Turkish, which I practiced by watching Turkish videos and shows over the break. I hope to be the first in my class this year. Maybe one day I can be an architect. Sedra also likes to be in school to be with her friends and learn Arabic. Our father is happy too because now we can go to school where the education is better and we want to learn.” Love, Ahmad

UPDATE - JANUARY 2018: “Our friends at school are supportive and they try to help us with our Turkish, which makes it a lot easier for us. we are also making friends at school and are happy to be seeing them everyday. My English teacher is my favorite because he’s very friendly. In my free time, I play football.” – Ahmad

UPDATE - MAY 2018: “Spiderman is my hero! I have a very fun group of friends in school, we always hangout and eat our lunch together. Sedra really likes painting, and her favorite football club is FC Barcelona. Chemistry and math are the hardest subjects in school and my teachers always help me when I have questions. – Ahmad

UPDATE- AUGUST 2018 : “My favorite animal is the lion because he’s so strong and is the King of the Jungle. During the summer break I attended many workshops at Karam House such as the Re-envisioning Traditional Games. My partner and I invented a game using a ball and a swing. My best memory was going to the park and restaurant  in Antakia. My friends and I got to walk along the Asi river, it was amazing!” - Ahmad. 

UPDATE- DECEMBER 2018: “School is going well - better than last year - and my Turkish has improved! Sometimes I face difficulties in math class, but I make sure to ask my teacher for help. In the future, I see myself going to college and becoming a dentist.” - Ahmad 

UPDATE - APRIL 2019: “This semester, I was the first in my class at school, and I felt so strong! My parents and everyone at the school were really encouraging. During the mid-year break, I played with my friends outside the house, and we even went fishing! What I really love, though, is going on family trips with my mom and dad.” - Sedra

UPDATE - OCTOBER 2019: “I got the third-highest grade in my class! 4th grade was so much fun and I can't wait for 5th grade. Hard work really paid off, and it's all thanks to encouragement from my family. I love my mom and dad so much!” — Sedra

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