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No barrier for Mili

Siteri Sauvakacolo
Friday, January 10, 2014

MILIANA Maravu, 16, wants to be a role model to her blind brothers and sisters.

Though her goal won't be an easy one for the Vuna lass from Taveuni, she believes she can accomplish it with the assistance of her mother Meresiana who has been her driving force all these years.

Since starting her education at the Fiji School for the Blind in Vatuwaqa, Suva, a few years ago, she had harboured the idea that one day she would be an independent young lady with a successful business.

Mrs Maravu said: "This is her last year at the blind school and she wants to be a masseur when she finishes school.

"Mili said she wants to be independent and operate her own business.

"And I believe that one day my daughter will achieve her childhood dreams."

Mrs Maravu, a market vendor, lives with her daughter in Tamavua.

She said that even though Miliana had not been able to do what normal persons did, she wanted to utilise her sense of touch to help others by massaging them, and at the same time earn money for her family.

"I just hope the authorities can look into this and see that my daughter as well as her other blind sisters' dreams are fulfilled."


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