A man in Karachi has come forward to bear the educational expenses of a child who recently went viral on social media. Video shows the boy selling samosas outside a local hospital.

“I come here after I am done with school,” the boy had said in the video. When asked about the grade he studied in, he replied, “I am in class four.”

A school principal, Basim Ahmed Faridi took to social media to announce that he had decided to take up his educational expenses.


“I got a chance to meet this child whose videos went viral past day, Zahid is a son of an Afghan-origin family and he lives near Mamji Hospital water pump in a house where his grandfather and mamu worked for 30 years,” he wrote, adding that Zahid’s family was an upright and honest one.

“I have offered to his parents that Zahid can study at my school, Speak & Spell Schooling System near Ayesha Manzil, up to his matriculation and I can even teach him up to his intermediate.

“All the time I only thought that these days do bring joy to that poor hardworking child, but where this community will take this child, by interviewing him, calling him on media sets, boosting their TRPs and then leave him alone to the same life pattern that he is living right now,” he wrote.

“This will definitely hurt this child a lot, so I just decided to take a permanent and long-lasting step for him just by giving him what can never be taken away education,” he added.

Praising the boy, Planning and Development Minister Asad Umar on Friday said: “We can all learn from him.”