When Aziz Agha was enrolled in our program at the Amin Institute, the staff would say he was barely “civilized.” We know this sounds harsh, but it was true in nearly every sense. Before we adopted him into our program, Aziz Agha would wander the streets naked, was abusive to his younger sister, and was out of his mother’s control.
Under our care, he learned about respect for elders and siblings, good manners, using eating utensils and the bathroom, and attending school. Having never attended a day of school in his life, Aziz Agha was not only illiterate but also had never held a pencil or pen in his life–something unimaginable to us, but quite common among the children in our program.
His first days in class were particularly challenging. He would try so hard to hold the pencil that he would cry from frustration. Shortly thereafter, his teachers truly started from scratch: before teaching the alphabet, they taught our kids how to hold pencils and sit properly in chairs and desks. Since many of our kids never had furniture or chairs in their homes, this was all an entirely new experience.
Aziz Agha excelled to the third grade and surpassed his elder brother in his studies, a matter of great pride and happiness for him, until one night he woke up with severe and crippling stomach pains. He was promptly rushed to the emergency room, where we were told he was suffering from appendicitis.
Aziz Agha was immediately operated on and kept medicated in the hospital for observation. He emerged from the operation healthy as ever. His surgery, including medicine and follow-up, cost less than $150.
Had Aziz Agha not been under our care, his circumstances would truly have been a matter of life and death. We were very happy to able to provide the emergency care he needed, thanks to Omeid International’s generous family of supporters.