Mother pleads for back to school assistance
WHILE families all over the country prepare to send their children to school, for some the idea of sending their children is a hardship they cannot meet.
This is the case for the Wati family of Raiwaqa who were the victims of the fire that razed their home last year.
When The Fiji Times team visited their home at the Public Rental Board flats in Raiwai, Suva yesterday, their uncle, Amar Kumar, 45, was at their home to provide support to his sister’s family because she was bedridden from an infected leg which she fears could be amputated.
Mr Kumar said the children’s dream of going to school would not come true this year because of the lack of financial support.
“Of course they want to go to school, who does not, but it is just not possible, but we hope that we will get assistance,” he said.
The two children, Shivani and Michelle Roy said they had big dreams after school.
Shivani Roy, 17, who hopes to be a Year 10 student at Suva Sangam College, said she was the recipient of the Social Welfare scheme assistance last year and hoped that this would be the case again this year because she looked forward to rejoining her friends.
She said she planned to be a pure science student but she dreamed of being a lawyer when she completed school. Michelle Roy, 16, said she dreamed of attending Dudley High School and to later become a pilot.
Gyan Wati, 48, said if she were able, she would find ways of sending her children to school even if it meant begging on the streets.
She encouraged her children to continue to have big dreams because anything was possible with education.
“I hope government helps me send my children to school,” she said.
Mr Kumar said he hoped his nieces would be among students going back to school this month and thanked the Government for all the assistance they had given to the family.
“Even though we will have a home we will continue to face hardships but we encourage others not to feel helpless but to be encourag
Source : Fiji Connect Lounge . 1/7/2016.