Farmer proud of daughter’s achievement
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
Asilika Dibose Qenuku (left) with proud mother Dionisia Sigalaba at the Fiji National Council for Disbaled Persons Centre in Labasa. Photo: Josia Ralago