I previously wrote about Abdo, our nine-year old office boy, who had been missing school in order to work to help support his mother and small brother. After speaking with his mother, we found out that Abdo has never attended school so when it came time to enroll him, we faced a major roadblock.
Since this little guy has never had the opportunity to spend one day in a school, many schools that were contacted refused to take him. The schools instead suggested that he receive private tutoring to get him up-to-speed with his peers and try for possible admittance next year. Basically since Abdo’s family can’t afford for him to attend public school, then somehow he should be able to afford a private tutor? Please explain that rationale.
So every Egyptian female in my office offered to start tutoring him one hour a piece each day, mainly to help him learn to read and write. Luckily after several phone calls, A.Y. found a school that would take him although he would enter as a first grader. At least he would be in school and hopefully learn his alphabet. But then we were faced with another problem.
Since we couldn’t find a school in the neighborhood, the one that would take him is far away. The school is located in Zaharaa Maadi, but that is not within walking distance for Abdo. He’s too little to ride a microbus by himself, we don’t have a driver available and there isn’t anyone that could ride a microbus with him daily each way (his mother is working and can’t leave the baby). I’ve personally had problems finding a driver for myself. If I had one, I would offer to take him each morning around 8-9 am and pick him at around 1:15 pm.
If any of you know a dependable taxi driver that could be of service, please message me immediately. Some of you may suggest a specific driver that you use, but please understand that we cannot pay the same wages that you are paying your driver. I will pay no more than the regular metered taxi fare each way, but just maybe some of you know of someone who understands how important this is who would be willing to accept normal payment. I want to make it clear that I am not asking for money, I’m asking for a service.
Abdo is slated to start his first day ever of school on Sunday. If you know anyone who could help or if you could just spread the word, I would really appreciate it.