Mohammed, 13 years old, was brought up in a honorable family by his father who worked manufacturing furniture. His father taught him the value of a strong work ethic and supporting your family. His work responsibilities and need to support his family financially has made it impossible for Mohammed to go to school.
Mohammed worked 8 hours a day making furniture with his father and was left little time to worry about his education or spend time with his friends. While Mohammed was enrolled in school he rarely attended, supporting his family now was something that he felt he could not sacrifice for the potential long term benefits of education. One day some of Mohammed’s friends told the coordinators of the local community development association in Sharkawya about the struggle Mohammed was facing. The coordinator convinced Mohammed and his friends to participate in the activities provided by the center for youth and adolescents. As Mohammed got more involved in the center he worked with the coordinator to help him design a plan to get an education and help his father support his family. Through the centers intervention plan Mohammed now attends school regularly, takes part in center activities, and helps his father support his family.