There is nothing a parent won’t do to fulfill the dreams of his children. To ensure they succeed against the odds.
One such incredible story of an extraordinary father has gone viral online. GMB Akash, a photographer, shared the story of a daily wage street cleaner, who made sure that his daughters completed their education and went to university even though he had put himself through humiliating work to make ends meet.
In the post, where he has been identified as Idris, the man talks about how he was too ashamed to tell his family that he was a cleaner and would instead tell them that he was a labourer. In order to make sure they believed him, he would take baths in public bathrooms before heading home, so they wouldn’t be able to gauge his occupation from his body odour. But he notes he was willing to do anything to make ensure that his daughter went to college.
His dreams almost came true when his daughter finished her schooling and got admission into a college. But on the day when he was supposed to have go home with the money to admit her, he realised that he was falling short on cash. Unable to face his loved ones, he sat next to a pile of rubbish in tears. This is when something extraordinary happened.
He recalls, “After work all cleaners came to me, sat beside and asked if I considered them as brothers. Before I could answer they handed their one day income in my hand. When I was refusing everyone they confronted by saying, ‘We will starve today if needed but our daughter has to go to college.’”
Thanks to their incredible generosity, he able to pay for his daughter’s admission fee who is now all to set to graduate from college. Moreover, on finding out what their father did, his other daughters made him quit and took part-time jobs themselves, while also focusing on their education, to support the family.
Now Idris’s entire family often meets and brings food for the men and women who gave up their day’s salary so one girl could go to college.
I never told my children what was my job. I never wanted them to feel shame because of me. When my youngest daughter…
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I never told my children what was my job. I never wanted them to feel shame because of me. When my youngest daughter asked me what I did. I used to tell her hesitantly, I was a labourer. Before I went to home I used to take bathe in public toilet so they did not get any hint of the work I was doing. I wanted my daughters to send to school, to educate them. I wanted them to stand with dignity in front of people. I never wanted anyone look down at them like everyone looked down at me. People always humiliated me. I invested every penny of my earning for my daughters’ education. I never bought a new shirt, used the money instead for buying books for them. Respect, which is all I wanted them to earn for me. I was a cleaner. The day before the last date of my daughter’s college admission, I could not manage to get her admission fees. I could not work that day. I was sitting beside the rubbish, was trying hard to hide my tears. I was unable to work that day. All my coworkers were looking at me but no one came to speak. I was failed, heartbroken and I had no idea how to face my daughter who would ask me about the admission fees once I back to home. I am born poor. Nothing good can happen with a poor person that was my belief. After work all cleaners came to me, sat beside and asked if I considered them as brothers. Before I could answer they handed their one day income in my hand. When I was refusing everyone they confronted by saying, ‘We will starve today if needed but our daughter has to go to college.’ I cannot reply them. That day I did not take shower. That day I went to house like a cleaner. My daughter is going to finish her University very soon. Three of them do not let me to work anymore. She has a part time job and three of them do tuition. But often she took me to my working place. Feed all my coworkers along me. They will laugh and ask her why she feed them so often. My daughter told them, ‘All of you starve for me that day so I can become what I am today, pray for me that I can feed you all, every day.‘ Now a days I do not feel, I am a poor man. Whoever has such children, how he can be poor.