From Herding Cows to Winning Scholarships: The Story of Noor Hussain
When Noor Hussain was 4 years old his entire life changed in an instant. Noor’s family grew up in the small village of Charkhoaz in the Feni district of Bangladesh and at the age of 4, Noor’s father died in a car accident leaving him, his brother, and four sisters to fend for themselves.
In Noor’s village the people lived in poverty, either growing crops or herding animals for their livelihood.
Noor quickly picked up the skills needed to herd cows and had no choice but to put off his education in order to support his family.
In October 2007, Noor was admitted to the Zakat Foundation of America (ZF) Orphan Center. For the first time in a long time, Noor was given the education and nurturing that every child needs.
Before long, Noor not only became a good student but also caught up with other kids his age. In four academic years he covered six years of material. Now Noor is in the 6th grade at Dhaka Laboratory English Medium School.
Noor’s academic achievements are outstanding. In 2010 he received an academic scholarship and just last year, in the nationwide government examination given to 5th graders, Noor passed with an A+, which is the highest academic result.
Noor has also won various awards for indoor and outdoor sports competitions in the school and at the ZF Orphan Center. He is known to be a good soccer and cricket player.
Noor is forever grateful to ZF for giving him a chance to have a normal life and says, “I was a cow boy. I always wanted to read like other boys in the society. But it was beyond my ability. ZF gave this great opportunity. I will utilize it to build up my life. I will remain ever grateful [to] those who are helping me.”
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