Meet Saddam!

This 11-year old aspiring businessman is learning to say his future profession. He’s a shy boy with a big smile and a generous heart. Considerate and polite, he always tries to make others happy!

His family lived in the suburbs of Aleppo before fleeing the war. Now Saddam, along with his family, lives in Shatila refugee camp in Beirut, Lebanon.

While conditions for Syrian refugees living in Lebanon are difficult, the children still have hopes and dreams.

SB OverSeas, one of the NGOs active on the ground, aims to help those children and young people achieve their dreams by providing education so that they can take their first steps towards a brighter future.

Saddam started attending “Bukra Ahla” (SB OverSeas’ informal education centre for refugee children) in 2016, where he studies Arabic, English, maths and science, and takes life skills courses.

He’s at the top of his class in all of his subjects, but English is his favourite!

Saddam is dedicated to his studies and, rain or shine, he goes to school every day.

Unfortunately, like many other refugee children, Saddam also has a full-time job to help support his family, but that doesn’t stop him from giving his all to his studies.

Aside from wanting to be a businessman, Saddam would like to visit a zoo someday.

He has a passion for animals, is filled with animal facts and is always willing to talk about them to anyone who will listen!

Despite all the hardship he’s experienced in his short life, Saddam always has a smile on his face and boundless optimism for the future!

Video by Anrike Piel