ELIA Levi is thankful to the Public Service Commission for giving him a scholarship that allowed him to complete a cabinet-making course.
The 20-year-old of Somosomo on Taveuni was assisted under the Scholarship Scheme for Special Children (SSSC) introduced by the government early this year and administered by the PSC.
In a statement, Mr Levi said his Certificate in Cabinet-making would enable him to look for a job and help look after his parents and siblings.
Epeli Vualili, 27, who cannot hear or speak, said he was delighted to have been assisted through the scholarship scheme.
"This opportunity has enabled me to get a certificate in a trade that I enjoy. I would like to set up a small business in future to support my parents," he said in the statement.
Sanaila Kula, 17, who also spoke with the help of a sign language interpreter, was thankful to the PSC for giving him the scholarship and for the allowance he was given.
The trio completed their eight-week cabinet-making courses at the Fiji Vocational Technical Training Centre for Persons with Disabilities.
It involved the carving of wooden items such as chairs, tables, kitchen boards, garlic pounders and other items.
Centre manager Jone Robanakadavu said the main focus was to provide adequate skills training for young adults with different disabilities to enable them to gain self-employment.
"With the government initiative to provide special scholarships for disadvantaged students, we were fortunate to be part of this new move," he said.
PSC permanent secretary Parmesh Chand said the scholarship scheme was designed for underprivileged children who grew up in special circumstances.
"Helping special children is considered worthy of attention and as such the SSSC came into being with $200,000 set aside earlier this year to cater for this program," he said.
Mr Chand said 44 students had been provided with the special scholarships this year.