Souzan en Karla

Every Monday Souzan bakes cookies and cakes in De Nieuwe Poort Rotterdam. She likes the place so much that she convinced her daughter Karla to apply as well. Karla now works as a server and behind the bar. Mother and daughter fled from Syria to the Netherlands. At first it was hard to get to know people, but now that they speak the language and work together at De Nieuwe Poort, things are going well.

I don’t worry about the big things as much and I live more from day to day.

According to Souzan, life doesn’t have to be difficult; she gets enough energy from the lovely people around her. Both women have dreams for the future. Souzan hopes to open her own Arabic restaurant one day and Karla wants to become a dentist, so that she can make people smile with beautiful teeth.