Montfort Boys Town

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Even af­ter their farm was to­tally de­stroyed by TC Win­ston, it did not stop Rafaele Amin­isi­tai Naikasau from get­ting the over­all best stu­dent Elec­tri­cian award in dur­ing the grad­u­a­tion at Montfort Boys Town, Veisari yes­ter­day. The 19-year Nadroga, Navosa grad­u­ate could no longer hide his emo­tions while walk­ing up the isle to re­ceive his award. “When they called out my name, first thing I thought about was the strug­gles my dad went through for me to study,” he said. Be­fore join­ing Montfort Boys, Mr Naikasau was a stu­dent of Sigatoka Val­ley High School where he com­pleted his Form 5 level ed­u­ca­tion

“The course I did (Elec­tri­cian) re­quires ba­sic Physics and Math . I wasn’t re­ally good in math and I was an arts stu­dent in high school, so I re­ally strug­gled in class,” he said. “My dad is a famer and he worked re­ally hard to pay my school fees, I re­ally owe my dad a lot.” He said he promised his dad that he would do what­ever it takes to re­pay the good deeds. “When­ever it rains, I al­ways think of our farm and my par­ent es­pe­cially my dad, be­cause this is the time when the crop doesn’t grow well,” he said. “When I joined this in­sti­tute, my dad was not fi­nan­cially sta­ble so he re­ally strug­gled to pay my school dues.” Mr Naikasau says that TC Win­ston de­stroyed ev­ery­thing they had in their farm. “TC Win­ston washed all the crops in our farm, noth­ing left, my dad had to start run­ning around look­ing for seeds and other things to start our farm again. It has been re­ally hard,” he said. “To­day I know that the door to my work life is open and I am now look­ing for­ward to it.” His dad, Epeli Naikasau who was also there to wit­ness the suc­cess of his son said: “Ev­ery sin­gle day I ded­i­cate my life work­ing on my vegetable farm for my son’s school fees and other needs,” he said “When I saw my son get­ting his award, I couldn’t stop cry­ing be­cause I know in my heart that all my strug­gles and sweat has paid off and I thank the Lord.” Edited by Naisa Koroi

Paulini Rat­u­lailai

Rafaele Min­isi­tai Naikasau with his dad Epeli Naikasau and aunt Sulita Tu­nidau af­ter the Mon­fort Boys Town grad­u­a­tion yes­ter­day.Photo:

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