Farmer proud of daugh­ter’s achieve­ment

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Dion­isia Si­gal­aba soared with ex­cite­ment as she saw her daugh­ter walk up to re­ceive her cer­tifi­cate dur­ing the Fiji Na­tional Coun­cil for Dis­abled Per­sons Cen­tre grad­u­a­tion last week. The 40-year-old cane farmer of Waiqele in Labasa said it was one of the most thrilling mo­ments in her life. “Our chil­dren are the great­est bless­ings from God and my daugh­ter’s achieve­ment might not ap­pear as a lot to most but it means the world to me,” Ms Si­gal­aba said as she wipes a tear.

Her only daugh­ter, 16-year-old Asi­lika Di­bose Qenuku, who was in Year 9 last year at a school in Labasa, had been fail­ing her ex­ams and the last straw was the an­nual last year. Among four other stu­dents, Asi­lika re­ceived a Cer­tifi­cate for Be­gin­ners Level af­ter train­ing at the Fiji Na­tional Uni­ver­sity. “I did not give up, I knew some­how I have to en­sure that she con­tin­ues with her ed­u­ca­tion and that was when I heard of this cen­tre,” Ms Si­gal­aba said. With just a few weeks in school, Asi­lika was able to make a door­mat at home.

“Per­sons liv­ing with dis­abil­i­ties are of­ten seen as a fail­ure in com­mu­nity but give them a chance to de­velop their skills. “I am glad that I never gave up and I will never give up on her till she reaches her full po­ten­tial.” Ms Si­gal­aba who is sep­a­rated from her hus­band, is a mother of three and sole bread­win­ner in the fam­ily. Edited by Maraia Vula

Josia Ralago Photo:

Asi­lika Di­bose Qenuku (left) with proud mother Dion­isia Si­gal­aba at the Fiji Na­tional Coun­cil for Dis­baled Per­sons Cen­tre in Labasa.

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