Sohel struggled to catch up with his peers after being cut off from all forms of education for two years during COVID. He was, however, willing to fight for it. He was thankful for the support he received from his sponsor, Ms. Shahina Shamim. He was able to return to school with her assistance. So he was determined not to let her down. He worked very hard for it. And now he's doing exceptionally well in school. He regularly attends the tuition class. His tutor told us that if he kept up his current performance, he could be in the top five of his class. We'd love to see that happen, especially given how hard he's working.
Sohel is an ambitious boy. He is the youngest of 4 siblings. When Sohel was only 3 months old his father died of cancer. With his father's death, the family not only lost the lone earner but was left with a ton of debt due to the costly treatment also. Sohel's mother had to leave 3-month-old Sohel at home and look for work. She worked in 3 houses as a maidservant. Yet she failed to pay off all the debt. Sohel's older siblings work as well to help their mother maintain the family. Sohel's mother really regrets involving her older children in work so early. That is why she always prioritized Sohel's education. Sohel is also very passionate about his studies. When we asked him about his dream and future plan, he told us that he wants to be a doctor and after becoming a doctor he won't let his mother work at all. He was very reluctant to share his dreams at first. He thought for him dreaming to be a doctor was far-fetched, as he is not even sure if he can complete studying in grade 6. His school informed them that, if they don't pay the fees for the whole year, Sohel cannot sit for the final examination. Right now, it is impossible for Sohel's mother to pay all these fees at once. So, Sohel might have to leave the school. A sponsorship would really help Sohel to continue his education and fulfill his dream to do something for his mother.