At school - reading in class
Usman was born into a family of twelve siblings in one of the toughest parts in the world - Mohmand Agency in Pakistan's tribal areas. Over five years ago, his family moved from FATA to a kachi abaadi - an informal settlement - on the outskirts of Islamabad. He had just started going to a low-cost private school near home when the authorities razed the entire settlement to the ground in a massive demolition drive by the city government.
Not only was he no longer in school, he also had to start working as a fruit vendor with his brothers to make some much-needed money for the family. It was here that our friends at the non-profit SPARC found him and brought him to our notice. We got him enrolled in our Fauji Colony school in Rawalpindi.
This school specialises in non-formal education for working children, covering basic primary education in an accelerated two year course. Now in the equivalent of the third grade, Usman spends three hours at the school every afternoon, working at the fruit stall the rest of the day. Seeing the value of education, he has brought many of his friends working at the fruit market to our school and encouraged them to enroll and finish the free primary education course.
Having a keen interest in entrepreneurship along with faith and confidence, Usman plans to one day establish his own fruit stall in the produce market."My education will give me an edge in many ways when I run my own business in the future," he quips with a smile.
Please consider donating to our project to enable bright young children like Usman achieve their goals in life through education!
At work - bagging bananas