Don’t let age com­pro­mise goal, Grad­u­ate ad­vises

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Never let age com­pro­mise your goals. That’s the ad­vice from Varanis­ese Liku­cali who grad­u­ated with a Culi­nary Cer­tifi­cate from the

Fiji Mus­lim League’s Makoi Women’s Vo­ca­tional Train­ing Cen­tre on Thurs­day.

The 41-year-old hails from Naqali Vil­lage in Naitasiri and is mar­ried with five chil­dren.

She thanked the Fiji Mus­lim League for think­ing of the needs of women like her.

“Rais­ing five chil­dren is a chal­lenge of my daily life. My hus­band is a taxi driver with not much in­come. Life is hard for us and some­times

I can­not cope,” Ms Liku­cali said. “I even lose hope that this was the life God has in store for me. I cried and won­der what to­mor­row will bring and prayed that God should show me a way.

“I al­ways feel that I am not do­ing my part in pro­vid­ing for my chil­dren. With the look in their eyes, it pieced my heart that I can­not pro­vide for their needs and wants.

“I felt help­less and al­ways wor­ried. I tried my best to help my hus­band with what in­come I could save from work­ing at a part time job, but it still wasn’t enough to cater for my fam­ily.”

And when the op­por­tu­nity to learn some­thing new came, she took in the hope of mak­ing good for her fam­ily.

Ms Liku­cali said with the Cer­tifi­cate she would be able to ful­fil the needs and wants of her chil­dren.

“I came to learn about this in­sti­tu­tion and I chal­lenged my­self to try it out,” she said.

“I would wake up early ev­ery morn­ing to do all my chores, pre­pare break­fast for my fam­ily and come for classes.

“I met new friends with dif­fer­ent chal­lenges we all faced, and it mo­ti­vated me to be a bet­ter per­son. “I learned so many new things and even made me re­alise that so many things ly­ing around at home that can be re­source­ful. “This is where my new life be­gins to a new fu­ture for my fam­ily. Leav­ing here with all the good me­mories and I am ready for all the hard­ship that will come my way.”

The Fiji Mus­lim League opened its Makoi Women’s Vo­ca­tional Train­ing Cen­tre to help Fi­jian women be­come in­de­pen­dent, have re­spect­ful liv­ing and earn for them­selves.

The cen­tre helps women who may have been vic­tims of abuse, sin­gle par­ents women and those who are fac­ing hard times.

It was opened on Septem­ber 15, 2015 and has seen 12 groups suc­cess­fully com­plete the cour­ses.

Photo: Simione Har­a­vanua

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

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