Struggle for school
From left: Kalivati Tavola, Ratu Vere Tariki, Sailosi Dauniyau, Akesa Marawa and Berenado Sauturaga at their home at Muanivatu settlement in Vatuwaqa. Picture: ATU RASEA
A THIRTEEN-YEAR-OLD boy and his two siblings from Muanivatu settlement in Vatuwaqa were forced to stay home during the first week of school because of financial difficulties.
Saula Vukicigau, a Year 8 student of Vatuwaqa Primary School, said the past four days had not been an easy one for them since they had to stay back home while their friends were all in school.
He said every morning, they would sit in front of their door and watch students make their way to school.
Saula said they were eagerly waiting for the day they would rejoin their friends in school.
Grandfather Berenado Sauturaga said he had to look after his four grandchildren after their mother passed away three years ago.
He said his grandchildren had to stay back home until they had all their proper stationery.
Mr Sauturaga said the family’s sustenance came from the $110 cash and $50 food voucher given by the Department of Social Welfare every month.
He said the past three years had not been easy for him and the children — aged between 13 and three — particularly since he was an amputee.
The former security officer said from that time until now, they had been relying on his wife to provide everything for the family.
Mr Sauturaga said he was grateful to have a wife who was always there for him no matter what.
He said he feared that his grandchildren might start very late for school.
When a team from this newspaper visited their home yesterday, the children were still waiting for their grandmother who had gone to look for funds to buy their stationery.
Source : Fiji Times. Com