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6 Year Old Aahil Muhammed Gives $1135 To Help Special Student

He was touched by an article from the Fiji Sun about the struggles faced by a grandmother in Nadi to send her granddaughter to school.
25 Apr 2019 15:14
6 Year Old Aahil Muhammed Gives $1135 To  Help Special Student
Aahil Muhammed hands over his savings to Shaiba Nuraiya Faradth at the International School Suva on April 24, 2019. Photo: Neelam Prasad

When six-year-old Aahil Muhammed read a story about a student with special needs, who was struggling to attend school, he made up his mind he was going to help her out.

Aahil’s mother, Sazia Shainaz, showed him an article from the Fiji Sun about the struggles faced by a grandmother in Nadi to send her granddaughter to school.

The story of Shaiba Nuraiya Faradth and her grandmother affected Aahil so much, he decided he wanted to donate his savings to the girl so that she could study.

Shaiba, who is a current Year Four student at Nadi Special School, suffered a dreadful disease when she was nine-months-old and it has affected her ability to hear and speak.

“I wanted to help because she needs to go to school,” Aahil said.

“So we need to be kind to people.”

Ms Shainaz said Aahil, who is a Year One student at International School Suva, was saving his pocket money to buy a laptop.

“I was saddened by the story and I told Aahil that there was a grandmother out there who was struggling to take care of her granddaughter and I showed him the article,” she said.

“He is able to read, so he tried to understand what it meant. He was sad and told me that we need to help them because Shaiba needs money to go to school.”

It was his idea and he told me that he wanted to give away his savings.

Aahil had collected about $135.95 which he donated and his mother added another $1000 from Aahil’s account since he felt so strongly about helping Shaiba and her grandma.

“Aahil is financially supported by his foster grandfather who is taking care of all his needs,” Ms Shainaz said.

“So I always talk to Aahil about being humble, kind and sharing with others.”

Shaiba’s grandmother, Samsun Nisha, said she cried when Aahil’s mother called him and said that he wanted to help them.

She added the money will go a long way in helping cater for her granddaughter’s needs.

Edited by Percy Kean

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