My name is Abdullah. I am 10 years old and I am from Somalia. In 2011, my mother, my younger brother and I fled our country because of the conflict there. Since then we have been living in Indonesia.
When we first arrived we lived near Cipayung, Bogor but, with help from Church World Service, we now live in Jakarta.
Every day I used to just play with friends around my neighborhood. I dreamed of going to school, wearing a school uniform, studying, and playing with friends in school, but the dream seemed so far away.
When we lived in Bogor I joined the early child development activities at the refugee center. They taught us many things, such as reading, drawing, and singing. I enjoyed all the activities very much.
Here in Jakarta I also participated in the activities at the center. They taught us English and Indonesian because we must be able to speak and write Indonesian if we want to join the primary school. I studied very hard.
In 2013, my dream finally came true. A staff person informed my mother that the enrollment in the primary school near our house had been successful. I felt so happy! I was one of the lucky ones who would be able to go to school.
Maria from Church World Service took my mother and me to the local market to buy a new school uniform, shoes, and books. I put these new items in the school kit bag filled with new school supplies. It was given to me by Maria who said that it came from the Festival of Sharing in the United States. I am really grateful to all of those who are helping me.
Now I am able to enjoy education in the school. My mother is also very happy because she always says that education is very important to have a better future. She hopes that soon my younger brother will be able to go to school as well.
Recently I graduated from Grade 1 of primary school. I like my teacher and friends. I hope I can continue my education.
Storyteller: Abdullah, Indonesia (Adapted from CWS by David Maze, August 2015)