The recent hype and success of Arshad Khan, the chai wala that took the internet by storm has been the talk of the season.
In an interview, Arshad Khan told media that he shares a roof with 17 siblings and his parents do not have access to television and cable, explaining Arshad is nowhere living a life he, like every other person, deserves.
While everyone seems happy with the success and opportunities Arshad Khan is offered (which is superb), there are definitely some other Chai Walay we should really be discussing.
For example, this one:
We see a young, scared boy, selling chai, something he may or may not like to do.
Child Labor in Pakistan
Child Labor – one of the biggest reasons why Pakistan fails to develop. The economic conditions of our country has taken the childhood of 11 million children; children who should be spending their daily routines gaining knowledge in school or playing with kids of the same age. Instead, they have to sell chai and other items to making a living and help their families.
Do They Even Know What Education Is?
These are the same children who are forced to work at young age and act as supporting pillars to their parents who are unable to provide sufficient bread and water. Take a look at more examples:
What A Lovely Smile
All I Can See Is Pain In His Eyes
How Can We Help Them Out?
We all talk about helping the poor and poverty drenched individuals, but do we play any role in their betterment? Least we can do is educate the children of our house-workers. If they are already going to schools, we can always donate them our clothes, give them money for their school fees or even teach them.
Hazrat Ali (RA) said, “Surely, the heart of a child is like fallow ground: whatever is planted in it, is accepted by it.”
Shouldn’t we play any role in planting education and morals in these young, unfortunate children?
Look around you – contribute in the society – contribute in saving the mind of a young child. Give books and sport items in their hands – not utensils for selling chai.
Share with us more ways and initiatives we can take for the betterment of our child.