De­vo­tion to Fam­ily Mo­ti­vates Gianamma

‘Dreams be­came a re­al­ity when I came to know about this in­sti­tu­tion from an old friend of mine. With­out any hes­i­ta­tion I en­rolled and now I am grad­u­at­ing with my first Cer­tifi­cate’

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De­ter­mi­na­tion to pro­vide for her fam­ily has a been a pow­er­ful mo­tive for 47-year-old Gianamma.

She was one of the many women who grad­u­ated from the Fiji Mus­lim League’s Makoi Women’s Vo­ca­tional Train­ing Cen­tre on Thurs­day.

Af­ter her hus­band died a few years ago, she worked ex­tra hard to help her­self and her three chil­dren.

“We had a sug­ar­cane farm when my hus­band left us, and I had to work in the farm as it was the only source of in­come in the fam­ily. Ev­ery day was like a heavy load on my back car­ry­ing the bur­den of ev­ery­day life,” Ms Gianamma said.

“I had no hope that I could be a good mother to my chil­dren in sup­port­ing their ed­u­ca­tion.” How­ever, af­ter hear­ing about the Cen­tre, she found a way to im­prove her situation. On Thurs­day, she grad­u­ated with a Sewing Cer­tifi­cate. “Dreams be­came a re­al­ity when I came to know about this in­sti­tu­tion from an old friend of mine.

“With­out any hes­i­ta­tion I en­rolled and now I am grad­u­at­ing with my first Cer­tifi­cate,” Ms Gianamma said. “Com­ing to this school with no knowl­edge of what awaits me and with my en­tire bur­den, I was so sur­prised with what I was of­fered.

“It was an eye-opener and a path to a new life for me. “I thank the man­age­ment for giv­ing me the op­por­tu­nity to see life from a dif­fer­ent per­spec­tive. “Dur­ing my eight weeks of learn­ing, my knowl­edge has taught me that I can earn for my­self and has help me look at the brighter side of life. “My wor­ries are no more a bur­den and I am ex­cited to show­case the skills I have learned from the Cen­tre.”

Photo: Simione Har­a­vanua

The Head of Bi­lat­eral Aid Sec­tion for the Aus­tralian High Com­mis­sion Christina Mun­zer with Gianamma dur­ing the grad­u­a­tion at the Fiji Mus­lim League’s Makoi Women’s Vo­ca­tional Train­ing Cen­tre on Septem­ber 13, 2018.

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