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Child's plea

Maciu Malo
Friday, January 04, 2013

YOUNG Salote Saqakutu is worried about her education.

Her family home was demolished by Tropical Cyclone Evan a fortnight ago.

And when The Fiji Times team met the eight-year old Nawaka District School student at their partially rebuilt house in Nawejikuma she openly voiced her concerns about the effect on her education.

Ms Saqakutu said her dream to become a schoolteacher hung in the balance after the destruction caused by the cyclone.

She said with just weeks remaining for the commencement of the new school term, she was worried about her education since her dad was preoccupied with rebuilding their new home.

"Only my dad is working and he is busy rebuilding our new home," Ms Saqakutu said. "I don't know when he will start buying my school stationery. It's the same for my three siblings."

"We need assistance to support our education since school is going to start soon," the young girl said.

Ms Saqakutu's father Kolinio Luvelolo, a nightclub bouncer, said his primary focus was to rebuild their home.

"Our home was completely destroyed, so my focus is to provide a good home for my family," he said.

"I am also concerned with the education of my four children because I don't have enough money to support them.

"In fact, I had bought their school books but they were damaged by the cyclone.

"We are pleading for assistance to help support my children's education," the distraught father said.


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