Brothers From Different Mothers are Ambassadors for Peace
Our Ayusa students not only bridge cultural divides with their host family, but often with each other. Haseeb Syed and Abdullah "A.B." Al-Faruque, two YES students from different countries - Pakistan and Bangladesh - are brothers here in the United States. They both live with Katrina Ontiveros and her family on a 2 1/2 acre farm in Laveen, Arizona.
Their cluster leader, Mollie Kidari, praises their willingness to lend a helping hand to anyone. They both have done a variety of community service, including feeding the homeless twice a month - always cheerfully and always with a professional demeanor. Both Haseeb and A.B. have done 300 hours of community service apiece!
In addition to all the service projects for which they volunteer together, they also volunteer separately. Haseeb is the manager for the girls' basketball team, and he helps the coach with the special needs kids. A.B. volunteers much of his time helping with the Boy Scouts and volunteers on the tech crew at Valley Youth Theatre.
Haseeb and A.B. also represented their countries at the Iranian-American Friendship banquet in Los Angeles and were given certificates by the Mayor of Las Vegas! They both helped to put on the Arizona Human Rights Youth Conference where they lead breakout groups.
Haseeb and A.B. cheerfully volunteer to help when there is a community service opportunity, and always follow through with their commitments.
Mollie says it best, “These brothers from different mothers are stellar role models for exchange students, and definitely great ambassadors for peace, representing Pakistan and Bangladesh.”