ABDULKAREEM, BAYAN, RAWAN, GAZEL
CITY OF ORIGIN: IDLIB
LENGTH OF DISPLACEMENT: 1 YEAR
OUR FAMILY: ABDULKAREEM (16), RAWAN (13), BAYAN (10), GAZEL (7)
OUR STORY: Due to heavy bombardment and security issues in our city, we left our home in Syria in search of a stable place to live. Our father was injured in Syria where he was a volunteer rescue aid. He is unable to find work due to his injury. Our parents are struggling to pay our living expenses. Education is very important to us, and we do not want to sacrifice our education in order to survive. Thanks to Karam Foundation, we are able to continue our school and our parents are not under as much pressure.
UPDATE - SEPTEMBER 2016: "This summer we visited our uncle and we went to the park a lot. We are eager to return to school to see our friends and play with them. Abdulkareem and Rawan are excited to take classes. I am looking forward to making new friends and Bayan wants to take Qu’ran classes. We want learn new subjects and improve our skills."
UPDATE - JANUARY 2017: "This semester was sad because I had to say goodbye to the principal that moved away. Luckily, we had a big celebration party. Abdulkareem got to go on a field trip with his class and Bayan also got to have a party at school for the teachers. We all did very well on our exams, even baby Ghazal. Abdulkareem did very well in Math, his favorite subject. Bayan and I did best in Turkish, which is our favorite class. We all have a lot of friends and we get to visit them from time to time as well as play with them at school." -Love, Rawan
UPDATE - APRIL 2017: "I love playing soccer – people tell me that I'm not that good at it but who cares what they think! Bayan is always drawing, and now that it's spring she's so excited to draw flowers. Ghazal always copies her. I'm trying to do better in school and I got an award for improving. My sister Rawan is so smart and she was third in her class – we are so happy for her and my dad is so happy we are doing so well. Bayan was second in her class too! She also got an award. Ghazal was sad because there were no awards for her or her classmates but maybe next time." -Love, Abdulkareem
UPDATE- OCTOBER 2017: “Joining Karam House this summer was very helpful, I took programming courses over there. I am now in 11th grade; my favorite part during the school day is when we get to play football. I also make sure to study hard because one day I want to become a surgeon. My younger siblings are all doing very well in school and our dad is extremely proud of us “ – Abdulkareem.
UPDATE - JANUARY 2018: “We are still trying to adapt to the new environment and the language. It is a bit difficult especially for me and Bayan, but our parents are always supporting and motivating us to study and work harder. Abdulkareem uses the internet a lot for studying to be able to get better grades.. My brother and I go to Karam House after school while my sisters draw and learn how to knit.” – Gazel
UPDATE - MAY 2018: “I love my aunt so much, she has the kindest heart and understands me very well. In school I like playing with my close friends and we always help each other in class. On mothers day we got our mom flowers from Karam House and it made her very happy. My siblings and I really enjoy going to school and we strive to get good grades.” – Gazel.
UPDATE - AUGUST 2018: “Both Rawan and my favorite animal is the lion since it’s the king of the jungle. Bayan likes dolphins while Gazel is silly, she loves the deer since it’s her name! I didn’t face many problems in school this year. After attending the Genius lab at Karam House, I think about the future of automotive engineering quite often. Rawan loves design and wants to become an architect, while Bayan’s goal is to become a doctor. I really loved the Genius Lab at Karam House, I spent most of my time there this summer. I also got to ride a boat when I went to the pond with my friend!” - Abdulkareem
UPDATE - DECEMBER 2018: “In general, school is going very well, and I haven’t been having any problems. Physics class used to be difficult, but I’m doing better now! Once my teacher called me up to the board to solve a problem, and I solved it correctly. I also have a friend Yahya who makes me laugh because he tells me a lot of jokes in class when the teacher isn’t there. In the future, I see myself becoming successful but still telling myself that I have to become even better than I already am. If I could send a message to the world, it would be to wish for safety and peace.” - Abdulkareem
UPDATE - APRIL 2019: “I love that at school they have a box that says “memories” in the back outside. If I had money, though, I would buy our school more comfortable seats! During the mid-year break, I went to Karam House for a workshop called ‘The Kitchen Without Borders.’ My favorite trip I’ve actually ever taken was with Karam House and mentors Aisha and Hani!” - Rawan
UPDATE - OCTOBER 2019: “I graduated from high school! It was tough, but I’m proud to say I accomplished what I set out to do. Now there are a few more hurdles to get over, like the TOMER and the YOS, but I'm attending an institute to do the best I can on these exams, and I know I'll be able to do it!” — Abdulkareem
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