An update on my efforts to help Alamgir. Alamgir is a 10 year old boy here in Bangladesh. After his mother died, his father married another woman. Alamgir was abandoned by his father and eventually was kicked out of school because of a lack of a legal guardian.
Alamgir was eventually taken in by a man who runs a tea shop. Alamgir works from morning until night for around $12 a month. He sleeps on the floor of the tea shop owner’s home.
When I met Alamgir a second time, after sharing his story with you guys, I asked him what he wanted. Alamgir said he wants to go back to school.
That’s what brought me here: Notre Dame College in Dhaka. This is my father’s Alma Mater. It’s the reason I love all things Notre Dame, why I worked towards a scholarship at the University of Notre Dame, and why I left that behind to return to Bangladesh.
In the years doing this work, I’ve managed to develop a reputation with the Catholic Church here. It made it easy today. I just walked in, priests automatically recognised me, and I was able to talk about Alamgir.
On campus is housing for slum kids. They get free education, housing, and food. And they have one vacancy. Just one. And they’ll hold it open for me.
Now comes the hard part: does Alamgir want a life here? Will the man who basically owns Alamgir was an indentured servant be willing to give him up? Will it cost money to “free” Alamgir from his current arrangement?
So many questions. I’m working on it.
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