SAN JOSE, Calif. (KGO) -- A Bay Area man just learned he's winning an international award for his work as a taxi driver.
Enders Abdu left Ethiopia to find the "American Dream."
"I came to this country in 1998 and after two years I started driving a taxi," he said.
His day starts out like any other driver, getting his cab ready for the road. But that's about where the similarities end.
While many drivers wait for a call from dispatch, Abdu already knows his schedule. "At 6:55 I'm going to pick up my first kid and I have three kids," he said.
And they're the same kids every day. They are kids with special needs who go to school far from home. "The kids have to feel comfortable, so you have to have the type of driver that makes that child feel comfortable," Yellow Checker Cab operations Dave Logan said.
San Jose's Yellow Checker Cab Company recommended Abdu to the schools where they have a contract to transport kids.