Narul is seven years old and lives in the Doharazi Rohingya Enclaves in Bangladesh. When he was a toddler, whilst his mother was working outside he tripped onto a red-hot stove, badly burning his foot and his hand. To this day he cannot walk properly and one of his fingers is badly damaged. When he was four, his father left the family with no income so his mother had to do manual labour each day just to feed Narul, but could not send him to school.
At the end of 2018, Mukti and Children on the Edge established a school beside his house which was free of charge. Because of his damaged finger, he struggled to learn to write, but his teacher gave him lots of extra time. He was also very nervous about playing with the other children as he felt that he was too different. The teacher encouraged him to play and told other students to make sure to include him and look after him as ‘he is more special than other children’. After a little while of realising he can easily play and learn with other children, Narul didn’t feel so shy, and began to enjoy time with his friends.
Narul has nearly completed his grade one and loves the fact that he can go to the shopkeeper to buy chocolates or chips and work out the right money and change. His mother says “If this school did not extend their hand to Narul I would never have been able to get an education for him. I was so anxious for his future because of his disabilities, but now I am relieved”.