The eight-year-old boy who supports his family is very touching, at a young age he has to fight for his family life.
“Donuts … Donuts” Ari’s loud voice offered donuts in the morning. When children his age are still asleep. He was already carrying the donuts he was selling, hoping the donuts he brought were selling out that day. All that he did in order to support his family. What a story this must make anyone shed tears.
Her tiny body has to bear the burden of the cakes that she carries every morning, even at a young age she is burdened with responsibilities to support her family. That is what Ari (8) did, who sells donuts every day in Pallangga District, Gowa, South Sulawesi.
He walked from house to house, weighing a quarter of his body weight. Even this boy had to walk to be able to sell the donuts that he brought every day. He was carrying as many as 60 donuts around the housing, tens or even hundreds of kilometers that he passed to get around his village.
Every day he brings home-made donuts, none other than his own mother. Since early morning his mother has prepared donuts for Ari to sell. After dawn prayers, Ari rushed to sell his donuts. He did it all solely to help his parents.
Ari, who was born into a poor family, wants to help his mother. His father, who is only a construction worker with a meager income, is Ari’s greatest desire to help his parents. The proceeds from selling donuts he gave to his mother to ease the needs of the family.
Every day the donuts he sells are not always in demand, sometimes there are even tens of left. This condition makes Ari worried, he is afraid to disappoint his mother. So that he often screams to attract consumers to buy the donuts he brings. No wonder he is often exhausted because he has to exert extra energy to scream.
For him, happiness is able to help his parents even though he only earns tens of thousands per day. Ari feels very happy to be able to help his younger siblings and siblings, as well as ease the burden on his parents. The income he gets is used by his mother to buy rice if his father’s salary has not been paid.
Even though he has to sell every morning, Ari is a diligent kid. He was a good boy in school. Even his routine work schedule to help his mother sell things makes Ari excited about school. He entered the afternoon class to be able to support selling donuts in the morning.
Ari does not feel at all disturbed by his school schedule. He admits that his school at SDN Manggali starts at 1:00 p.m. so in the morning he can sell. Even though he is still young, enthusiasm is very important to be emulated.
He never felt uncomfortable with his profession as a donut seller. According to him, the activities he did were not wrong. Even though he realizes he will have a bigger responsibility than children his age. He enjoyed being a student and selling donuts for his family.
When asked to describe his dream, he didn’t worry too much about what profession he would become. For him, his current desire is the donuts he sells and many people like. So that he can bring his family to survive.
Ari is one of the millions of children who are forced to pour out for their families. According to data, around 4.05 million out of the total 5-17 in 2009, belonged to the category of working children.