OUR STORY (APRIL 2015): We used to work 12-hour days, 6 days a week for as little as $1 a day. Ibrahim worked at a sweets shop across town. Nadim worked as an apprentice at a glassblower's shop. Unlike our younger sister Jowana, we were not able to go to school because we had to support our family. Before the Karam Team visited us in April 2015, the burden we lived under was evident on Ibrahim's face which was etched with premature worry lines. Going back to school was a dream-come-true for us and our family. After joining Karam's Learn Not Earn program, we began to go to school with Jowana and started our journey to reclaim our childhoods and our future. 

UPDATE - SEPTEMBER 2015: Ibrahim and Nadim have been attending the Salam School in Reyhanli since May 2015. We are so happy to be out of child labor and be part of a school environment with our new friends. 

UPDATE - JUNE 2016: "Ibrahim and I have been working really hard! This summer while he becomes a Boy Scout at our school, I’ll be taking computer classes. I’ve grown to love school and I realize that it’s my future. I’ve improved my reading and writing skills. Ibrahim’s behavior has also gotten much better since starting school, which our family is so happy about. Thank you!" - Nadim

UPDATE - SEPTEMBER 2016: "This summer, I studied for the qualifying exams that I will have to take next year. Ibrahim and I also attended our school’s summer activities and we were a part of the Scouts. We are both really excited to go back. I know Ibrahim has really missed our teachers and I missed our friends! We both want to improve our Arabic and I’m really looking forward to starting English." - Nadim 

UPDATE - JANUARY 2017: "This semester was a little rough for me! English is such a weird language so getting used to it is difficult, but luckily for me, my friends who are older than me said they will help me out with grammar which is pretty hard. Maybe I should just stick to math, which Ibrahim and I are both very good at. With the exception of English, Ibrahim and I got very good grades, which my mom is happy about." -Love, Nadim

UPDATE - APRIL 2017: "This semester, I was able to participate in a school art exhibition! It was so exciting, because they picked my drawings to show off – my whole family was so proud of me. I also made new friends, and so did my brothers. We all did well in school and my brother is so excited to be a part of Karam House now too!" 

UPDATE - OCTOBER 2017: “I am one of the Karam Lab students and during the summer I joined their activities, I also finished the second level in my Turkish course. This year I went to a new school and made new friends. I am going to work hard on myself because I want to be one of the top 4 students in class, and one day I want to become a software engineer.” – Nadim.

“I joined Karam House where I learnt comedy acting and it taught me how to become more friendly with people through acting. While my younger sister Juwana went to a summer camp in in Alsalam School and she also improved herself in Turkish. I prepared myself for school this year and brought all the things that I’ll be needing, my sister though was not able to start school yet but hopefully she will soon. I want to become an engineer and Juwana wants to be a pediatrician. We love our life in Reyhanli.” – Ibrahim.

UPDATE - JANUARY 2018: “I got full marks in my recent exams. The hardest subject is English and I ask my aunt for help because she is good in English. Ibrahim loves his maths teacher the most and he did very well in his exams. Nadim and Ibrahim go to Karam House after school while I read books and learn Turkish.” Juwana.

UPDATE - MAY 2018: “I go to school at 8:00 am every morning by bus. I look up to my physics teacher because he explains the subject in a very interesting way. I am huge fan of FC Barcelona and Messi is my favorite player. I treat my friends nicely and we all like playing together, my best friend's name is Ahmed. I love reading poetry and eating chocolate. I am doing much better at school now and so are my siblings.” – Nadim.

UPDATE- AUGUST 2018: “We recently moved into a new house. Whenever my siblings and I make my mom mad we make sure to surprise her to make up for it. I didn’t face any problems in school this year. I cheered for Russia during the World Cup because I really love the goalkeeper. My favorite animal is the lion since he’s the king of the jungle. Ibrahim and Jowana love dogs because they are loyal and helpful. I wish I can create a meal and workout plan so I can work on my body to become a goalkeeper in soccer. This summer I went to the playground and pool where I learned how to swim. My favorite memory was visiting the zoo in Gaziantep with Karam. I got to see a lion!!!” - Nadeem. 

UPDATE - DECEMBER 2018:  “I changed schools! The new school is good, but I’m having a few problems in English. In five years, I see myself in college studying electrical engineering. If I had a superpower, I would fly so that I could trick my brother Ibrahim. Ibrahim makes me laugh. Once I asked him for my phone because he was playing on it, and he told me I lost but then told me I won!” - Nadim

UPDATE - APRIL 2019: “During the mid-year break, I attended the “Moving Pictures” studio at Karam House. I’m looking forward to summer because it’s my favorite season: there are so many activities! I am excited to hangout with my cousin and Suliman because they really understand me!” - Ibrahim 

UPDATE - OCTOBER 2019: “I moved on to 8th grade! School is going well. Turkish language class is my hardest class, but other than that, I’m really enjoying it. Nadim went to Istanbul, but we are worried about him, as the laws are changing. He is currently staying with Grandpa, though, so I’m sure he’ll be fine!” — Ibrahim


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