IBRAHIM AND NADIM
CITY OF ORIGIN: ALEPPO
LENGTH OF DISPLACEMENT: 1.5 YEARS
STATUS: CHILD LABOR + EXTREME POVERTY
OUR FAMILY: IBRAHIM (13), NADIM (16), JUWANA (11)
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.
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