Habitat Build

May 11, 2021 | Liz Qua

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Applicant Homeowners, Mohamad and Nisreen, will move to Lebanon with their five children this summer. They had a happy life in Aleppo, Syria. Mohamad was a cobbler, with his store in the space below their home, and Nisreen was busy raising their three children. The bombing in their neighborhood was fierce, destructive, and very unexpected. They lost everything they had worked so hard for and were forced to flee the country on foot with just a few clothes in bags. Mohamad’s mother had severe heart problems, so he lovingly carried her on his back many miles to the Turkish Border. At one point in their journey to safety, they had to walk for four hours on a 2-3-foot-wide path with deadly landmines on either side and their small children in tow. They arrived at the home of a relative’s house close to the border where they rested for three days. After crossing the Turkish border, they stayed with many others from their town – 18 – in a small room. They were all looking to start their lives over in this new country. Mohamad found a job as caretaker and eventually found a small house to rent. After settling into their new life, they applied through the United Nations for refugee status to come to the United States. After five years, they were on a plane to the US – having added two children to their family. They arrived in Indianapolis and were set up in an apartment. The older children were enrolled in school in their newcomer class to learn English. For the past three years, Nisreen has worked as an order packer at a local warehouse and Mohamad is navigating virtual schooling with their five children. They applied with Habitat for Humanity of Boone County with the dream of home ownership and a forever home. Their Habitat for Humanity of Boone County house will be the 2021 Faith Build and will be built this summer in Lebanon, Indiana.

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