Ed­u­ca­tion is Pri­or­ity, Says Mother of Five

Fiji Sun - - NATION - NI­CO­LETTE CHAM­BERS Edited by Jonathan Bryce Feed­back: ni­co­lette.cham­bers@fi­JIsun.

De­spite the daily strug­gles Latileta Ranadi says, get­ting her chil­dren ed­u­cated will al­ways be a pri­or­ity for her. The Lau­toka res­i­dent lives with her hus­band and their five sons at the Beteki Set­tle­ment in Lovu.

Early last month, the Fiji Sun pub­lished an ar­ti­cle on the fam­ily and strug­gles they face daily. Since then they have re­ceived do­na­tions of food, cloth­ing and other nec­es­sary items from var­i­ous donors. Ms Ranadi said she was grate­ful to all the donors, who came for­ward to as­sist her fam­ily. At the same time she will con­tinue to work hard to sup­port her fam­ily.

“I sell a few veg­gies at the Lau­toka Mar­ket just to sup­port my hus­band who also works to look af­ter us and our chil­dren,” she said.

Two of her sons at­tend Sangam Pri­mary School.

“Two of my boys are ready to be­gin school this week; Api­sai Nadore will re­turn to Kinder­garten and Maika Joshua Vueti will be go­ing back to Year One,” she said.

“We strug­gled a lot, but we are still happy and for­tu­nate that we still have each other and have other peo­ple con­tin­u­ing to sup­port us.

“Although we face a lot of chal­lenges my chil­dren must re­turn to school and con­tinue with their ed­u­ca­tion.”


Latileta Ranadi with her chil­dren at Beteki Set­tle­ment in Lovu.

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