His story is an inspiring journey back from tragedy that shows an unwavering commitment to eradicating polio. A polio vaccinator for over two decades, Syed co-founded the school and center in 2004 with his friend and colleague Abdul Waheed Khan for children living in an impoverished neighborhood, providing them with free education and access to immunization. The school flourished, growing to more than 1,000 students.
At the height of its success in 2013, extremists attacked the school, partly because of its connections to the polio vaccination program. Khan was killed during the attack and Syed was severely injured. The school was forced to close, leaving many children out of school and uncertain about their future.
Pupils of the Naunehal Academy School participating in the reopening ceremony
of their school in Karachi, Pakistan
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