By: Victor IHIDERO
Jamilu Sa’ad, a 15-year old physically challenged primary four pupil of Demonstration Primary School, Kawo, in Kaduna, has narrated how he was brought to Kaduna to beg for alms, but decide to abandoned it and and go to school in order to acquire education.
Sa’ad disclosed this in Kaduna on Friday when a Non-Governmental Organisation, Hope for Communities and Children Initiative, presented him, a tricycle for the disabled.
He explained that his parents died many years ago and being crippled and at the same time an orphan, he was brought to Kaduna to beg for alms. According to him, he envied seeing children in his area going to school every morning and he resolved to go to school.
“After a while, and against all odds, I decided to abandon begging to go to school. I bought tricycle with the little amount I raised from begging to ease my movement, but got spoilt after a while and could not fix it.”
He pointed out that as physically challenged, acquiring education was nearly impossible especially if ones parents are death.
“But with courage and resilience I want to acquire education so my life could change for the better, and thanks to hope for communities and children initiative for supporting me in achieving my dreams.
“I will study till I acquire at least a National Diploma. I assure all those who believed in me that I will not let you down, “he added.
Sa’ad said that the director of the NGO saw him crawling to get to school and offered to help him get a tricycle, “and today she has fulfilled her promise. I am so thrilled and grateful.