Photographer GMB Akash posts the story of a father who does not want to tell his children what his work is so that they will not feel ashamed.
Idris from India is just like any parent who will do anything for their children. He works as a cleaner to send his three daughters to school. He never bought a new shirt and instead, used the money he earned to buy books for them.
“I wanted them (daughters) to stand with dignity in front of people. I never wanted anyone to look down at them like everyone looked down at me. People always humiliated me,” Idris said in the Facebook post.
However, he did not tell his daughters about his job as a cleaner as he does not want them to be embarrassed. Before he goes home, he would take a bath at a public toilet because he does not want his daughters to have a clue about what he does.
He shared how he was unable to work the day before the last date of college admission of her daughter. He was seated behind the rubbish and holding back tears as his coworkers look at him.
“I was failed, heartbroken, and I had no idea how to face my daughter who would ask me about the admission fees once I (am) back to home,” he said.
“I am born poor. Nothing good can happen with a poor person that was my belief”.
At the end of the work day, his coworkers sat beside him, asked him if he considers them his brother and handed him their income for the day. Idris refused every one. His coworkers would not budge, either.
“We will starve today if needed, but our daughter has to go to college,” they told him, to which he was not able to reply.
He went home that day without taking a shower and showed his daughters that he is a cleaner.
His daughter, who will be finishing her studies at a University, often takes him to his workplace and feed him, along with his coworkers. When his coworkers asked his daughter why she feeds them often, his daughter replied:
“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.”
Idris could not help but be proud of his daughter.
“Nowadays, I do not feel, I am a poor man. Whoever has such children, how he can be poor,” Idris ended.
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