Rrahim in front of his house
Rrahim was sleeping when we paid a visit to his family in one early sunny morning in May. As we and his mother, Nurije, were talking, Rrahim woke up and said hello to us blushing.
Rrahim is 7 years old. He is the son of an 8-member family living in Fushe Kosove in a difficult economic situation. He lives in a 3-bedroom house with his mother, three sisters, and three brothers. His father passed away six months ago after losing the battle with cancer. Their only income is the social assistance given by the municipality – a small amount of money that doesn’t cover school expenses for all the children.
The Ideas Partnership, thanks to your generous donations, has for some years now been providing this family with school materials, books, bags so the children do not abandon school.
TIP also provides transport from home to school for all children of Roma, Ashkali and Egyptian communities in Fushe Kosove who cannot afford to pay the bus to go to school during winter. Your donations make it possible for many children like Rrahim to attend school regularly and continue their education.
“I really like going to school. I have lots of friends there and we learn so many new things. My favorite part is when the teacher asks me to read out loud in front of everyone. I love reading”, says Rrahim.
His mother, Nurije, explains that Rrahim always looks forward to attending TIP’s Saturday Learning Activities where he gets to meet with his friends regularly and learn all together. Last week, they colored pages with different animals and figures in it.
In his free time, Rrahim likes to play football with his friends.
“My favorite football player is Ronaldo. He is very fast and scores lots of goals”, says Rrahim.
“I would like to be like him one day. I don’t have a football yet, but when I do, I will practice very hard and maybe one day I will play like him”.
He gladly approves my request of taking his picture. Maybe next time I’ll see him, he’ll be as successful as his favorite football player. Between now and then, he only needs a football.