How & Why Umeed Academy?
At the age of 18 Wali Rahmani realized that there was a lack of leadership in the society. There are no great leaders working to eradicate poverty, the ones that already held the posts were either corrupt or spread hatred amongst people. There is immense poverty and disparity between the rich and poor. From a very young age he used to visit ghettos and slums, he could not bear the painful sight of poverty. He could see that poverty is a vicious cycle and only good contemporary education could take one out of poverty.
His definition of leadership is that a leader is one who not only leads people to success but also creates at least one leader like him before he dies. He decided that before he dies he will help at least 10 children to become leaders that work for humanitarian purposes when they grow up, bringing a change to the society and eradicate poverty. He wanted to adopt 10 children and train them to become future leaders. But when he started searching for such children he realized that no mother was ready to give an 18 year old boy her child to fulfill his dream of creating great leaders. This was a very stressful phase for Mr. Rahmani. He worked on it for weeks before he came across this beautiful Hadith which gave his mission a new direction:
After reading this hadith, he pledged to become a father of at least 10 orphan kids before the age of 20. For six months he kept searching for orphans and after all the hard work Mr. Rahmani and his team finally started “Umeed Academy” on 1st of April 2018 with 3 orphan boys. Umeed Academy now has more than 230 children altogether. These children come from extremely impoverished and volatile backgrounds, where they are deprived of basic amenities and are thrown into the viscous clutches of the society. This is how & this is why Umeed Academy came into existence.