For Andika Satria (not his real name), he shoulders a great responsibility at such a young age.
A student at Mahad Ibnu Sina Global Ehsan Relief, being a student is not the only responsibility that this young boy is shouldering.
In his small family, he is their only hope to uplift the condition of their family - their only way to a better future.
Living with his mother and older sister, Andika helps out at home because his mother has a health issue that prevents her from working to support the family. As a result of this, Andika’s older sister is the sole breadwinner of the family, working as a waitress at a small restaurant.
Due to this, Andika has had to shoulder the responsibilities at home such as cooking meals for the family, or washing clothes. Without wanting to burden or trouble their mother, it is clear that both Andika and his sister are good children.
The family’s situation is further burdened by the rising prices of goods and debts, as well as the lack of security, peace and job opportunities. The presence of the COVID-19 pandemic has also made them more fearful - they are afraid of catching the virus and thus, rendering the sister unfit for work, further affecting their source of daily income. In addition, the family rarely receives any form of assistance or help from external parties or generous individuals.
Despite their circumstances, the family understood the importance of getting an education. For the family, their only hope lies in Andika. They were very eager to look for a scholarship for Andika just so he could receive a good education and elevate their standard of living in the future, in sya-Allah.