“I want to be an airline stewardess, because I want to tour the world. By the time I reach university I’ll try to master English speaking and writing, and enhance my computer skills. I need to, if I want to accomplish my dream.”
— Rayan, 17 years old.
Ambitious Rayan has lived at the Islamic Charity Association Orphanage in Homs, Syria since she was 4 years old. Her teenage years have been lived through Syria’s war, including a November 2014 mortar attack on the orphanage. Rayan and the other residents were forced to flee their well-equipped home that included playgrounds, activity halls, a sports arena, and bedrooms for every child. Now the orphanage uses a rented facility in a nearby neighbourhood that lacks the required infrastructure and requires the children to sleep in dorms.
Despite this, Rayan is optimistic about her future. Surrounded by people who care, she has a dream to seek. The orphanage is supporting her every step of the way.
The United Nations Refugee Agency supports the orphanage, which makes a huge difference in the children’s lives and does incredible work considering the situation inside Syria.