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Aliyu is Saved from the Streets

Former street kid finds a place at an Orphan's Promise center where he's also taught important life skills. Read Transcript


Terry: ALIU IS A YOUNG

SHOEMAKER WITH DREAMS

OF OWNING HIS OWN

SHOP ONE DAY.

HE HAS COME A

LONG WAY FROM WHERE HE

STARTED.

ALIU CAME UP BEGGING IN THE

STREET.

HE HAD TO STUDY THE KORAN AT

A MUSLIM SCHOOL.

THEN HE HAD TO BEG IN THE

STREETS FOR MONEY.

IF HE DIDN'T BRING BACK A

CERTAIN AMOUNT, HIS TEACHERS

BEAT HIM.

I WALKED THE STREETS

WITHOUT SHOES IN THE RAIN

AND IN THE HOT SUN.

I GOT SICK ALL OF THE TIME.

NO ONE CARED ABOUT ME.

NO MATTER WHAT, I ALWAYS HAD

TO BRING IN THE MONEY.

I STOLE SOMETIMES TO GET

ENOUGH.

THAT HURTS ME A LOT.

Reporter: THAN ALIU WAS

BROUGHT TO A CENTER

SUPPORTED BY "ORPHANS' PROMISE."

BUYS LIKE ALIU COME HERE TO

START A NEW LIFE.

THEY HAVE A COMFORTABLE

PLACE TO SLEEP, GOOD FOOD TO

EAT, AND A CHANCE TO GO TO

SCHOOL.

AND THEY'RE TAUGHT SKILLS IN

CARPENTRY AND LETTE LEATHER

CRAFT.

THIS IS WHERE HE DISCOVERED

HE HAD A TALENT FOR MAKING

SHOES AND SANDALS.

BEFORE ALIU CAME HERE HE HAD

NO FUTURE, BUT TODAY HE IS A

SKILLEDzZRheUá)Q) WORKER

BECAUSE OF THE CLASSES HE

HAS TAKEN HERE.

AND NOW HE IS TEACHING

OTHERS THE KIND OF LIFE

SKILLS THAT WILL GIVE THEM

HOPE AND THE FUTURE.

HERE AT THE CENTER, THE BOYS

ARE ALSO TAUGHT ABOUT GOD

AND THE BIBLE.

MY LIFE HAS CHANGED SINCE

I CAME HERE.

I USED TO HAVE A VERY BAD

TEMPER AND I THOUGHT ALL OF

THE TIME.

BUT HERE I ACCEPTED JESUS,

AND MY ATTITUDE CHANGED.

Reporter: BECAUSE OF

THE SUPPORT OF "ORPHANS'

PROMISE," ALIU AND THE OTHER

BOYS DON'T HAVE TO LIVE IN

THE STREETS ANYMORE.

THEY DON'T HAVE TO BEG.

AND THEY HAVE PEOPLE WHO

CARE ABOUT THEM.

NOW THEY HAVE HOPES AND

DREAMS.

IN THE FUTURE, I WANT TO

HAVE A PICTURE-MAKING SHOP

WHERE I CAN TEACH CHILDREN

THE SKILLS I LEARNED HERE.

I AM GRATEFUL TO ALL OF THE

PEOPLE WHO HELPED ME.

I PRAY THEY CONTINUE WITH

THIS GOOD WORK. THANK YOU.

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