Mohammad (not his real name) is a 16-year-old asylum seeker from Afghanistan. He has lived a safe, healthy and happy life in a CWS-managed group home in Jakarta for four years, and for almost two years, regardless of his disability, Mohammad has become more active and stronger in body and spirit.
Last summer Mohammad was invited to join a wheelchair basketball club call Jakarta Swift and then got the incredible chance to join them for the 6th “Bali Cup” wheelchair basketball tournament. In leaving Jakarta for the first time in four years, Mohammad recalled, “I was nervous that I would miss my 7:30 flight, so I woke up at 2:00 a.m. to head to the airport!”
His travel jitters behind him, once in Bali, Mohammad could almost always be found on the court. He was often the first to arrive in the morning, and even missed his lunch once so he could continue practicing. The coaches saw his dedication and let him lead the team’s morning practice and warm up before the first game. The Swift played teams from Malaysia, Cambodia, Singapore, France and Bali. While they came in 5th place, Mohammad said the tournament was a success for him. “I met new people, made new friends and felt encouraged by other players, coaches and referees,” he said. Another of Mohammad’s successes, which he failed to mention, was him scoring the most points for his team. At the tournament’s end, Mohammad was recognized for his contribution to his team in being named one of the Top 5 Best Players of the Tournament. Mohammad was honored, of course, saying, “I’m so happy, especially since this was my first time competing in a tournament”.
CWS staff are very proud of Mohammad, too, and we consider him our MVP. He has achieved so much! To learn more about Mohammad, read his story from last May by clicking here.
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