You can see Ahmad (12), Sedra (17) and their grandmother Fatmeh practise "Peace Be With You" by clicking on the movies attached below. They wish peace to all St Philip's parishioners, their sponsors and volunteers. In Arabic, Fatmeh says "Salaam to the church".
Lama Chebli, now works in the kitchen at Livia Cafe at 1399 Commercial Drive, a family owned traditional Italian cafe & bakery beloved for its sourdough loaves and informal Italian food, now available for pick-up. (Pre-order at liviasweets.com) Lama is a tremendous worker and a committed team member, and loves all the people she works with, but is very tired after a hard day.
Lama and her employers solved the overwork issue: Sedra (17) has started working with her mother on the weekends and very busy days. This is Sedra's first job in Canada, which improves her spoken English, adds income, and builds her self-confidence. Lama's employers, Livia Lassam and Jordan Pires, are 100% supportive of Lama and Sedra's success in the work force. In one photo you will see Livia with Lama (left) at the take-out window.
Majd Al Koud (13) has been promoted from grade seven at Walter Moberly Elementary School where he has attended grades 6 and 7. Since he arrived in September 2018 with his widowed mother Lama and three siblings, Majd has experienced his first two years of formal schooling in a completely unknown language and culture. With his brother Ahmad, Majd has attended without fail, made friends, played on sports teams, and been part of the learning community of Moberly Elementary. Next year, he will attend the special Literacy Program at Tupper Secondary where his sisters have been going to school. In the photo, he is flanked by his grandfather, Nasridin Chebli and his grandmother, Fatmeh Abdulhaviz, who arrived in May 2019.
All of Lama's four children will be back in school in September: Ahmad at Moberly Elementary, and Majd, Doha and Sedra at Tupper Secondary. Sedra is reading and writing at an early functional level, but the other three are still decoding beginner words. Mary Lymburner and Debbie Matheson are tutoring the children at their house up to three times a week to boost the teens' literacy.