The Fiji Times
Villager, 88, happy to see development
HIS dreams to see the younger generation get educated in the village have come to pass.
For Josua Vosawale, 88, of Valovoni Village, his hard work and sacrifices for three decades has not been in vain.
With tears in his eyes, he only thanked God for blessing his people with wisdom which led to the establishment of the Kabu kei Nailoca Infant School.
Since the 1970s, he has knocked on doors asking various authorities for help and advice.
“I used to push for developments for my village because people were starting to leave and if this happens, who else will remain here to work our land,” he said.
“I am so happy that we have started our own school and the villagers are raising more funds to expand our school.
“This has been my dream and I used to walk 20 kilometres to the main road to get transport to travel to Labasa.”
Mr Vosawale said there had been days of missing meals because of the long walk to the main road in search of transport.
“It was not easy for me, but I wanted to give the best to my people.
“I am the oldest in the village and my dream has come true and I am so glad and only God is to be praised.
“We still have our challenges especially the roads, but we are glad that our goal of having a school has come true.”
TOMORROW: Read more about the struggles of these villagers and the roads that they have repaired and the bridges they have built themselves