The Impact of Orphan Sponsorship: Shamim Ahmed
“Since unbearable embarrassment from paternal grandmother and no protest from father’s end; my mother was bound to leave her father-in-law’s house with me and my two sisters towards an unknown destination.
At that time I was only 6 months old. She took shelter in a single tin shed room in Bulbulslum adjacent to Jigatola open market of the capital city Dhaka. The rent was BD Tk 800/- per month. The life was too hard; there was no one to extend helping hands to our family. Finding no way my mother started working as a house maid to survive. My mother was little literate and felt necessity of education. She was searching a school for our education. One of neighbor’s told my mother about Surovi School, Dhanmondi, Dhaka to get an opportunity for cost free education. My mother took me and my elder sister to Surovi and admitted us in grade I (One). All these are my early life story heard from my mother.” expressed Shamim as an introductory voice.
He also expressed that “The intention of my mother is educated ourselves not to engage in any income generating activities. My mother and teachers always inspired me for education but I like playing rather than schooling. I heard Surovi provides food, educational materials, medicine, clothes and festival support among the poor and meritorious students under Sponsorship Program. I placed top position in annual exam of grade I (One) out of 57 students. So Surovi authority considered me for Sponsor support, it was in the year 2000. This supports motivated my mother and me for performing better in school and academic results as well. It was actually the turning point of my life that helped me come up to this height” he added.
“Poverty and hungry forced me for earning to assist my mother. Out of my school time, I pick scrap from dustbin; picking wild arum leaf (using as vegetables) and lastly selling sugarcane – to earn a few penny handed the worth to my mother to mitigate the overall situation.” Shamim articulated.
“My academic performance favored me; I placed top position throughout grade one to grade six. While I was a student of grade seven I admitted myself in a vocational trade “sewing machine mechanics” beside regular education. At that time my mother fell sick and lost her job. This shocked us very much. My elder sister who just completed grade eight educations, leaves her schooling and manages a job in a garment factory. At the time I also engaged in a mechanic shop as an apprentice for earning. I discontinued my schooling for five months because of my job but my mother always wanted to see me to be self dependent after completion of education. On one afternoon I was walking careless – while I met with the Director of Surovi. He asked me how I was doing. I explained my situation. He asked me to meet with him next day and I did so. The Director Surovi suggested me to attend school and assured me about financial support as much as possible. I again began my schooling- a new life started. This new life is only for the contribution of Director, Surovi and above all almighty ALLAH. Gradually I promoted to grade VIII (Eight). At that time I am nominated as a member of Youth Partnership Project (YPP). YPP arrange a 07 days long workshop on life skills. I acquired knowledge on life learning from the workshop. I stood first in that workshop, YPP selected me as a facilitator of the project”. He added.
“By the assistance of HCI I passed Secondary School Certificate (SSC) and Higher Secondary Certificate (HSC) as well. Now I am a student of Honours degree in English discipline at World University Bangladesh. Beside education, I am doing a part time work as a Trainer with a marketing company ‘Bizbond IT Limited’ and earn BD Tk 15,000/- per month. Till I am getting sponsor support to meet up my education expenses” expressed Shamim his present situation.
“I am very happy because I am now able to get relief my mother from her hardship and run the family with my own income, at the same time, we left Bulbul slum, now we are living in rented house with better facilities. I want to continue my education and become a 1st class citizen of my country. I never forgot the struggle of my mother in the long run of life. I pay my grateful to HCI, Surovi, all my classmates and well wishers, which helped me a lot and inspired me to come up leaving my slum life”- added Shamim a Sponsor of HCI.
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November 21, 2020
Human Concern International