Most 13 year olds from Wangi Goth, an underprivileged area in the city of Karachi, Pakistan are breadwinners for their families. These children spend hours at work to earn a living for their families. Sajjad Ali, is one of these children, but he is also working towards a brighter future for himself and his family.

He wakes up 7am every day to attend classes at Idara Al-Khair. Sajjad is a bright student in Class 7, he was also 6th in his previous class through his hard work and dedication.

His father manages a rental vegetable shop and his mother is a home tailor who earns around Rs.300-400 ($2-$3 USD) per dress, which is barely enough for them to scrape by. He has five siblings and two of his younger brothers, Zulfiqaar in Grade 4 and Shahzaad Ali of KG-I, are also enrolled at Idara Al Khair.  

Sajjad, after completing his school hours, goes to help his father at the vegetable shop. He lends him a helping hand till the evening, then he takes a break to have dinner at home and complete his school work. He then returns back to manage the shop till it closes at 9pm. To help his family, he contributes from his daily earning. “I save Rs.10 for my daily use from my daily earnings and hand over the rest to my mother for the house expenditure,” said Sajjad.  

“I save Rs.10 for my daily use from my daily earnings and hand over the rest to my mother for the house expenditure,” said Sajjad.  

Although, it is a daunting challenge for a 13 year old to manage his studies alongside his long tiresome hours at work to help make ends meet, he actually cherishes the idea of studying and does not want to quit at any cost. “I love coming to school. My favorite subjects are Urdu and Mathematics. My father motivated me to study and I want to make him proud of me. So, I want to complete my Matriculation and want to continue to study further,” said Sajjad enthusiastically.  

My father motivated me to study and I want to make him proud of me. So, I want to complete my Matriculation and want to continue to study further, “said Sajjad enthusiastically.  

He is very passionate towards paving his own way to a bright future and says “One day, through education, I will be able to fulfill my dream of becoming a Ranger Officer to help bring peace to my country.”  Idara Al-Khair has been a beacon of hope for several enthusiastic children like Sajjad Ali, welcoming them under its wings to help them a shape bright future for themselves and change the course of their families’ lives as they grow up. 

“One day, through education, I will be able to fulfill my dream of becoming a Ranger Officer to help bring peace to my country.” 

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