Obaid is in 2nd grade at school. He has a family of ten people. He lives with his mother and father and five sisters. He has two brothers as well. They are both married and live apart from them. He is the only wage-earner in his family.
Every day from 8:00 to 12:00 PM he collects cans and then sells them. This is the only source of income for their family. His father is 65-years-old and can’t work anymore.
He dreams to become a doctor so that he can serve the people living in the tents and also all people around the world.
“Now I am in 2nd grade, and I try to go to school. I like school so much though I am working during the day, but I try my best to review my lessons at night, and my father encourages me to study.
During the night when I write my homework, I put the handy light which Save the Children gave us in my mouth and I write. My father does not let me to sleep until I finish my homework, and I love that my father encourages me.
Some days ago the school officials told me that I should come to school with uniform, but when I told my father, he said he can’t buy uniform because he does not have money and can’t afford it.
Each morning until 12:00 PM, I collect cans, and so my clothes get dirty, and when I go to school the other students tell me how dirty my clothes are, and then I become sad. I bring water for my family from other houses.
I dream to become a doctor so that I can serve these people under tents and also all people of the world.”