Poverty forces many children into begging to get rid of their hunger. On the other hand, there are children who try to work as hard as they can to help their parents and families. This is a story of one such boy who dreams to achieve a good life for his family. Abdul Waris is a 13-year-old boy who can be spotted on the streets of Karachi at night after a day doing 2 jobs to make ends meet and help his family.
The kid has been working for 6 years now in order to have enough money to avert hunger.
His parents are handicapped, and can hardly walk. More so, since he is the eldest sibling, the responsibility to earn solely falls on his shoulders.
While speaking to Dialogue Pakistan, Waris shared that he has five siblings. In addition to this, when he was only 7, his father got handicapped. Since then, he has been working day and night. For the past 6 years, he has been working in a cloth market. He leaves for work at 11 in the morning and comes home at night around 9 pm.
Two and a half months back, he started selling his mother’s homemade food. In order to do so, after returning from his cloth market job, he leaves home again and sells homemade food items.
The 13-year-old breadwinner of the family
After selling the food items, Waris then finally returns home two hours after midnight, around 2 am. Initially, he started off by selling chai. He now sells gulab jamun, donuts, macaroni, and pizza bites. A box of 3 donuts is sold for Rs150, and a box of 7 gulab jamun is sold for Rs70.
Waris can be found in the Paposh Nagar area of Karachi, in front of the Peshawari Soup House. You can find him selling these food items on a silver cycle that he bought a year ago from scrap and then spent money to upgrade it and made it silver.
The 13-year-old boy doing 2 jobs dreams to achieve a good life for his family, and with his hard work and help, he wishes to educate all his siblings so they have a better and brighter future ahead.
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People like him, who wake up early and work towards a goal, are a true inspiration for others. Hats off to him!
A video of 10-year-old Zahid selling samosas outside a local hospital in Karachi’s F.B. Area went viral a few months back. The boy received a lot of appreciation and love from people on social media for his hard work and for becoming a helping hand for his family. Not only that but a school principal in Karachi also vowed to bear his educational expenses.
Story Credits: Dialogue Pakistan
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