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Mom finds help for deaf son at NH tutoring center

Wrapping her arm around her only child, Khadija Egeh couldn’t be more proud. Last fall, her 13-year-old son, Mahaed Mohamud, was failing school. Today, he proudly shows off a certificate of academic excellence. 

The step from elementary school to middle school, a tough transition for many children, was particularly overwhelming for Mahaed, who is deaf. 

Then mother and son found the Neighborhood House tutoring center at Park Lake Homes. Mahaed found a toehold then took off. 

“It was a big change,” says Khadija, who shared her son’s success story at the Next Century of Hope fundraising breakfast in May. 

Khadija, an African immigrant who came to the United States to make a better life for herself, learned that her son was deaf when he was nine months old. Faced with a disability she knew nothing about as well as the considerable challenges of adjusting to a new country, Khadija desperately sought out resources for herself and her son. 

At times, she was stricken with worry. How would he learn English? How would she communicate with him? 

The single mother eventually overcame those hurdles and more in the supportive community of Park Lake. But this fall, when she got her son’s scores on a statewide test, she knew he needed more help than she could give. 

Though the Park Lake tutoring center was full, staff agreed to see Mahaed before the other children arrived. Khadija returned the favor by volunteering at the center and encouraging other parents to do the same. 

Mahaed now spends his after-school time at center, learning with the other children and working one-on-one with tutoring coordinator Linda Muhammad on math, reading and writing.
 
“As an educator, you always look for students who have a passion for learning, and Mahaed has that,” Linda told guests at the breakfast. 

Writing out his feelings on paper, Mahaed says he enjoys coming to the center. “I feel so good in this neighborhood school because they help me write my homework,” he said. 

Asked how he feels about middle school now, he adds, “It is good.”
    Mahaed Mohamud and his mother Kadija Egeh