Sama sells food packs to send daugh­ter to school

Fiji Sun - - NATION - MERELEKI NAI Edited by Jonathan Bryce

In­come re­ceived from sell­ing food packs at the VotCity Flea Mar­ket has en­abled a sin­gle mother to send her daugh­ter back to school in Year 12 this week.

Eseta Sama, orig­i­nally from Drakini­wai, Savusavu, was laid off from her job at Par­adise Bride, Tour Man­agers Fiji last month, as re­sult of the COVID-19 pan­demic af­fect­ing the in­dus­try.

How­ever, work­ing a stall at the flea mar­ket has helped this mother of three chil­dren con­tinue to pro­vide for her chil­dren’s ed­u­ca­tional needs.

“When the school re­sump­tion was an­nounced, we com­plained about send­ing our chil­dren back to school. We de­cided not to send them for the first week of school,” she said.

“Es­pe­cially, in Nadi we have been greatly af­fected by this pan­demic and most of us here at the flea mar­ket have been laid off or ter­mi­nated from our work.

“We are find­ing it hard to cope with the sit­u­a­tion of send­ing chil­dren back to school.” She said ad­di­tional ex­penses such as lunch, uni­forms and sta­tionery were mak­ing things dif­fi­cult.

“It was good be­fore school started; we just had tea with rice for break­fast or lunch with my chil­dren. Now we have to pro­vide for a good lunch for them and pro­vide for their bus fare,” she said.

“I have de­cided to waive my el­dest son’s stud­ies at FNU and he might con­tinue next year. I just need to fo­cus on my two other chil­dren in pri­mary and sec­ondary.

“This is like start­ing school again in Jan­uary. We have to buy new uni­forms and school sta­tioner­ies for them.

“My daugh­ter has put on weight dur­ing this time and her uni­form doesn’t fit her. Now I have to buy a new uni­form for her.” Ms Sama said she was grate­ful for the flea mar­ket and with the in­come she was able to pro­vide for her fam­ily’s needs and sup­port for her chil­dren.

De­spite her sit­u­a­tion she said her faith in God had pro­vided abun­dant bless­ings for them.

“It was good that my brother is sup­port­ing us, pay­ing our rent and I am just pay­ing our bills and our food,” she said.

“But we are thank­ful that de­spite the sit­u­a­tion, God has been our provider.”

Photo: Mereleki Nai

Eseta Sama at the VotCity Flea Mar­ket sell­ing food packs.

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