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 Abdullahi jumps on one of his nine sister’s beds as his elder sister Rodha, nicknamed Haifa, looks on. This bedroom is shared by 3 sisters. Dec 1, 2016

Abdullahi jumps on one of his nine sister’s beds as his elder sister Rodha, nicknamed Haifa, looks on. This bedroom is shared by 3 sisters. Dec 1, 2016

 Twins Najma (right) and Nadira play with blocks on a Thursday evening. Dec 1, 2016

Twins Najma (right) and Nadira play with blocks on a Thursday evening. Dec 1, 2016

 Abdullahi takes a moment after school to play outside his home with a Disney princess inflatable ball. Abdullahi’s favorite sport is soccer and also wants to be a work as lawyer in the future. Dec 1, 2016

Abdullahi takes a moment after school to play outside his home with a Disney princess inflatable ball. Abdullahi’s favorite sport is soccer and also wants to be a work as lawyer in the future. Dec 1, 2016

 Adna draws in her lined notebook while following along a Youtube instructional video on her iPad. Adna is a passionate artist and spends majority of her time home on the floor learning to draw. Dec 1, 2016

Adna draws in her lined notebook while following along a Youtube instructional video on her iPad. Adna is a passionate artist and spends majority of her time home on the floor learning to draw. Dec 1, 2016

 Sahra, mother of 10, distributes donated clothes to her daughters Najma and Nadira (center and right, respectively) to get ready before going to the library. Naima looks on while walking by. Dec 2, 2016

Sahra, mother of 10, distributes donated clothes to her daughters Najma and Nadira (center and right, respectively) to get ready before going to the library. Naima looks on while walking by. Dec 2, 2016

 Sahra helps Nadira get dressed for the library while Abdullahi and Najma put on their shoes and socks. Dec 2, 2016

Sahra helps Nadira get dressed for the library while Abdullahi and Najma put on their shoes and socks. Dec 2, 2016

 At the local library, Abdullahi and his sisters fill out forms at the Maplewood Community Library for the first time. Abdullahi's exact birthday is unknown to him or his family, so his sisters decided January 1st would be his birthday recorded on the form. The children will also be able to take advantage of homework-help and tutoring sessions at the library which is roughly a fifteen-minute walk from their home. Dec 2, 2016

At the local library, Abdullahi and his sisters fill out forms at the Maplewood Community Library for the first time. Abdullahi's exact birthday is unknown to him or his family, so his sisters decided January 1st would be his birthday recorded on the form. The children will also be able to take advantage of homework-help and tutoring sessions at the library which is roughly a fifteen-minute walk from their home. Dec 2, 2016

 Adna reacts to seeing the community pool at the local YMCA. Apart from drawing, Adna loves swimming and being in the water. After visiting the library, the children visited the YMCA to tour the facilities. Dec 2, 2016.

Adna reacts to seeing the community pool at the local YMCA. Apart from drawing, Adna loves swimming and being in the water. After visiting the library, the children visited the YMCA to tour the facilities. Dec 2, 2016.

 Abdul Rahman eats a traditional Somali dinner after completing his Maghrib prayer, while Najma performs the same prayer, with Aliya occupied in the corner. Maghrib, literally “sunset” in Arabic, is the fourth prayer that practicing Muslims are required to perform; there are 5 in total. More often than not, Abdul Rahman eats dinner directly on his prayer mat after performing Maghrib. Dec 2, 2016

Abdul Rahman eats a traditional Somali dinner after completing his Maghrib prayer, while Najma performs the same prayer, with Aliya occupied in the corner. Maghrib, literally “sunset” in Arabic, is the fourth prayer that practicing Muslims are required to perform; there are 5 in total. More often than not, Abdul Rahman eats dinner directly on his prayer mat after performing Maghrib. Dec 2, 2016

 Nadira eats dinner in the kitchen as members of her family prepare food for the rest of the family. Dec 3, 2016

Nadira eats dinner in the kitchen as members of her family prepare food for the rest of the family. Dec 3, 2016

 Najma Said gets her hair tied by her older sister, Husna. Rochester, NY. Dec 3, 2016.

Najma Said gets her hair tied by her older sister, Husna. Rochester, NY. Dec 3, 2016.

The Said Family
The Said Family

Pictured from left to right, front to back: Fardosa (17), Nadira (10), Najma (10), Adna (14), the father Abdul Rahman (66), the mother Sahra (41), Abdullahi (13), Aliya (19), Samira (22), Naima (16), Rodha (20), Husna (21). Dec 3, 2016.

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The Jotham Family
The Jotham Family

Deborah Uwase, 7, watching an American TV show about singing at her home. April 19, 2017.

The Jotham Family
The Jotham Family

Paul Mugisha, 12, poses for a portrait in his bedroom. Mugisha's favorite sport is soccer. April 19, 2017

The Jotham Family
The Jotham Family

Deborah and Paul, pose with their brother Joseph Mugabo, 11. April 19, 2017

The Jotham Family
The Jotham Family

April 19, 2017

The Jotham Family
The Jotham Family

Joseph watches on as a group of neighborhood children from the house across the street play in the yard. April 19, 2017

The Jotham Family
The Jotham Family

Deborah is the youngest of nine siblings. While her brothers are often occupied with each other after school, and her older sisters are still at school, Deborah spends much of her time after school alone. April 19, 2017

The Jotham Family
The Jotham Family

Joseph and Paul play soccer outside their home after arriving from school. April 19, 2017

The Jotham Family
The Jotham Family

April 19, 2017

The Jotham Family
The Jotham Family

Joseph and Paul pose for a portrait in the backyard of their home. April 19, 2017

The Jotham Family
The Jotham Family

Paul watches the Netflix Original: Beasts of No Nation, a story of a young Western African boy who is adopted by a military faction consisting of mostly child soldiers. Paul's mother (not pictured), repeatedly expresses her disatisfaction by saying, ' My country. Not a good place.' April 21, 2017

The Jotham Family
The Jotham Family

April 21, 2017

The Jotham Family
The Jotham Family

(left to right) Soleil Mutoni, 16, Chantal Ntakirutimana, 18, Bridget Rukundo, 26, and Rachel Mwamikazi, 20, lounge in the the dining room. April 21, 2017

The Jotham Family
The Jotham Family

Angel Giciro, 16, braids her hair with the help of her sisters Soleil and Chantal. April 21, 2017.

The Jotham Family
The Jotham Family

Angel, 16, has her hair braided by her sisters Soleil and Chantal. April 21, 2017

The Jotham Family
The Jotham Family

April 21, 2017

The Jotham Family
The Jotham Family

April 21, 2017

The Jotham Family
The Jotham Family

Bridget, the eldest of the siblings, laughs along with her sister Rachel about her choice of clothing. April 21, 2017.

The Jotham Family
The Jotham Family

April 21, 2017.

The Jotham Family
The Jotham Family

Yvonne Uzamukunda, 24, solves some algebraic equations for her homework. Yvonne is a student at Monroe Community College and is working towards earning a degree in nursing. April 21, 2017

The Jotham Family
The Jotham Family

April 21, 2017

The Jotham Family
The Jotham Family

April 21, 2017

The Jotham Family
The Jotham Family

Chantal performs her chores before her parents and the rest of her family arrives home from church. April 30, 2017

The Jotham Family
The Jotham Family

(left to right) Joseph, Soleil, Deborah, Rachel. April 30, 2017

The Jotham Family
The Jotham Family

The Jotham family eats a traditional Congolese dinner of mashed potato and a spinach-like vegetable called Okazi. Potatoes in the Congo are black on outside and purple within. April 30, 2017

The Jotham Family
The Jotham Family

April 30, 2017

The Jotham Family
The Jotham Family

April 30, 2017

The Jotham Family
The Jotham Family

(left to right) Rozirat Nyiramasho (mother), Yvonne, and Soleil. April 30, 2017

The Jotham Family
The Jotham Family

April 30, 2017

The Jotham Family
The Jotham Family

Jotham Ngarukiye, used to work as a professor in the Congo but now works at a packaging company, returning home everyday promptly around 4pm. April 30, 2017

The Jotham Family
The Jotham Family

Jotham family portrait. (left to right). Jotham, Rozirat, Deborah, Rachel (front row). Joseph and Soleil (center row). Paul, Chantal, and Yvonne (back row). (Angel and Bridget not pictured) April 30, 2017