He hopes of being a soldier one day as he despises corruption and wants to serve the nation – Osama’s story
Like the usual 10-year-old boys, Osama has high ambitions. He hopes of being a soldier one day as he despises corruption and wants to serve the nation. His sister is a huge support to him and drops him daily to a Community School run by MALC in Gadap Town, providing free of charge informal education to children from marginalized backgrounds. Osama has mild cerebral palsy. He finds it difficult in walking and talking. He has been through a lot, yet he comes to school daily with a smile on his face; anxious to learn something new. He told us “I don’t remember my father much as I was very young when he passed away.” His mother then started making baskets in the house which she used to sell in far-off markets, just to earn an amount sufficient to feed him and his four sisters. One of his sisters, whom he was very close to, was married and took away her own life recently. Her child now stays with Osama and his family. His other sister was married but her husband left her, so she is back home again. His mother is working these days as a cleaner in a nearby health center to make ends meet for their family.
Osama loves to recite poems. With your zakat, Osama is receiving education in an inclusive environment where he faces zero discrimination and is loved by his classmates.
Reported by: Sharon Braganza, Assistant Manager – International Project Desk