"I want to become an engineer"

Back to all stories | Posted on 1 December 21 in Children's stories

Rima lives with her family in the city of Aleppo. They’re still in the same house they lived in when their city came under siege in 2012, when she was just four years old.

Despite the unimaginable trauma she has already faced in her young life, Rima – now 15 – feels very fortunate to have her family. “My father died in an accident several years ago. I have an elder brother, and we live with my mother. It is very nice to have a family. My brother and I help my mother with cleaning our home and tidying away our clothes.”

The ongoing conflict has affected both food production and importation, leaving millions of Syrians without reliable access to food. This daily struggle means that survival often takes precedence over school. Mary’s Meals began a school feeding programme in Aleppo in 2017, bringing hope and stability into children’s lives after years of disruption.

Open quote mark The food presented in school and supported by Mary’s Meals is making it easier for our families to send us to school because it’s healthy and makes us full and energetic Close quote mark

Along with our partner Dorcas, we are now providing a daily school meal to more than 4,000 children in Aleppo, including Rima. 

“Going to school is necessary to become an educated individual. It also helps you to get a good job in the future. My elder brother is in the 12th Grade and it’s nice to have someone who supports me in understanding difficult subjects. I hope to achieve a good education and make good friendships. I want to become an engineer.”