Abdul Sami is a not even 10 years old boy who works at a factory with his mother to support his family. He wants to go to school but his family can't afford it. Moreover, his dad is a drug addict who demands money for his addiction. Doesn't he have the right to get education, and better life?
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We are starting a series of stories called "Deserving Ones". In this series you will get to know some of the kids who you have volunteered to educate with your time and money.
Today I would like to share the story of Abdul Sami. He is enrolled in our program.
Abdul Sami is from one of the lesser fortunate areas of Lahore called Shahdara Moor. Like yours and mine kids, he dreams of having a life full of joys and toys around him. A life where his mother and father spend their days and nights pampering him. Instead when he wakes up in the morning, his day starts in shattered hut of a grim neighborhood where there are hundreds of Abdul Sami going through the same back breaking struggle of helping their parents financially.
Abdul Sami works in a small factory along with his mother which makes plastic decoration items. His younger brother is attending the free school run by our partner organization (Ghani Foundation). Abdul Sami's mother tried putting him in this school aswell, however his father who stays home and who is a drug addict started demanding more and more money from his mother. As a caring mother, she did everything possible in this world that she could, to work as hard and long as possible to take care of their household expenses and fulfil the growing demands from his abusive and addict husband. However this consistent demand of more and more money from her abusive husband broke her back. Eventually with a heavy heart she took Abdul Sami out of Ghani Foundation School and put her in the factory she works in so together they can take little more money home every evening.
We understand that Abdul Sami cannot spend his full or even half day in a formal school because if he does then his family may end up sleeping empty stomach.
That is why Let's Awake
has created this program to help these kids utilize their early morning hours in our program. As a student in our program, Abdul Sami starts his day with a healthy breakfast in our safe and secure class room in Shahdara, Lahore and after breakfast he receives his education from 8am to 10 am, which includes basic literacy of practical Maths, reading English and Humanity, taught by us remotely from our homes in Canada and the UK.
InshaAllah, using these practical literacy and skill sets, he can uplift his socio-economic status and pull his family out of this grim cycle of poverty.#notochildlabor #letseducate #letsawake