The Ali Adam High School
My father, rahimahullah, believed in education to his very bones. He was a great example of its transformative nature; taking him from a rural town of a few hundred farmers to the capitals of the Middle East, Europe and America. A great challenge for him however was to convince the town he came from to see education as he saw it. I can still see him on the phone, arguing with a father who was pulling his daughter out of high school because her cousin asked for her hand, or congratulating a college graduate on their degree, or encouraging another parent to send their kid to school and taking the responsibility of their school fees.
When we would come to our village over the summer students of all age groups would come to him in the house, students whose parents could not afford or could not be bothered to invest in their child’s education- one by one they would tell him what they needed; sometimes it was registration fees, for others commuting, for some supplies or room and board. He would give and give, I don’t know how many students he sponsored totally or partially in his lifetime. The ones he simply gave the gift of encouragement to were even more than that. The last one I met, on my most recent trip, had just graduated from Khartoum University Law and told me that my father had encourage his father to rent a 12 seat van to go from our village to attend his graduation, and that my father had taken the initiative to sponsor his graduation dinner. The graduation happened the day after my father passed away rahimahullah.
The school is built...
At the beginning of 2013 the school board in our village called my father informing him that they were initiating the building of two high schools, one for boys and one for girls. Each school would serve 120 students from a pool of three villages, with a facility that includes three classrooms in each building, as well as a science lab and administrative offices. The grounds will host housing for teachers as well as a field for sports activities. He loved the project and immediately began supporting it with everything he had of connections, advice and money, with full intention of being present for its grand opening in June 2014. He would pass away in December of 2013, and the community responded by naming the schools after him and to continue to seek completion of the project that they had initiated.
Though with incredibly limited resources this community Alhamdulillah has banded together and the two structures are now standing.
Girls High School..
Boys High School
We have paired with the American Relief Agency for the Horn of Africa (ARAHA) a 501(c)3 Charity to provide supplies to the school including:
1) Chairs and desks for 240 students
3) Cabinets, desks and chairs as well as office supplies for teachers
4) Science lab equipment
You can find out more about ARAHA here.
If you would like to donate to ARAHA directly (and receive a tax receipt) go here , click on the 'campaign' drop down menu and choose the 'Ali Adam School."
Why is this a worthwhile investment? There are many reasons but some are:
1) In sha Allah it is long lasting. The elementary school that was built in the village has been standing for over 60 years with no interruption in its service. No other school has been built in the area since then. The building of schools, masjids, and other institutions are undertaken with much difficulty and in many cases are once in a lifetime events. It is expected then that the building of this high school will serve the community for just as long in sha Allah.
2) It is of the best gifts to leave behind. Educating these young people will in sha Allah be a manifestation of all three categories that were mentioned in the hadith of the prophet quoted above; it is a means of acquiring knowledge that benefits, it is a continious charity, and will in sha Allah provide many children, if not of blood, that will supplicate for you.
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