The Orphan Who Would be President

Even in times of great adversity there can be moments of personal triumph by Allah's decree. For the boys and young men who make their home at Zakat Foundation of America's (Zakat Foundation of America) Orphan Center in Dhaka, Bangladesh, education is an important part of making the best out of a difficult situation.

From the support offered by Zakat Foundation of America donors for our Orphan Sponsorship program, all of the residents of the Orphan Center attend a quality English language medium private school. Recently, six of the younger boys received merit-based academic scholarships. This was a great achievement considering that only 9 children in total from the school were offered scholarships.

The success of Nesar Uddin, Abu Yousuf, Nur Hossain, Nazmul Hoque ,Habibur Rahman and Kamrul Hasan is a reflection of their dominating academic performance, Alhamdulilah.

Nur Hossain, who came to stay at the Zakat Foundation of America Orphan Center when he was 7 years old dreams of one day being the President of Bangladesh. After his father, who was a bricklayer died in an road accident, Nur Hossain and his siblings all went to work, despite their young age. One of his brothers worked in a tea stall, his sister got a job as a maid. Nur Hossain worked for a family by helping to take care of their cattle. He says that it was a "miserable time."

Alhamdulilah, now Nur Hossein and the other boys are at the Zakat Foundation of America Orphan Center where Zakat Foundation of America staff in Bangladesh work hard to provide them with a home -like atmosphere and supports their moral, spiritual and academic development.