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Praise for youths

Serafina Silaitoga
Saturday, January 25, 2014

HER old age has not prevented her from working with younger villagers as she shares words of wisdom that has assisted youths with their decision-making.

Sovaia Valemei, 82, originally from Togo Village on Qamea, is a well respected woman in the village of Naboutini in Saqani, Cakaudrove.

In her soft spoken voice, Ms Valemei shared how youths today had become wiser and realised the importance of being part of the village developments.

The villagers have also turned to her for advice and guidance in times of dilemma.

Mrs Valemei shared how the younger generation had become more responsible today compared with her young days.

She said the youths in the village had set a standard for the young people through the projects they had set up.

Ms Valemei said farming projects were successful programs for the youths.

The program, which involves yaqona farming, has financially empowered youths who are now able to save money in banks.

Mrs Valemei said such development had never happened in her time.

Recalling those childhood days in Togo, Mrs Valemei said her mum brought her to Naboutini when she was 18 years old.

And a source of relief for her was not being surrounded by villagers who were fond of using foul language.

She said in Togo, villagers were always swearing and used a lot of foul words.

"Au sa marau saraga niu sa kau mai Naboutini. Ia e tiko na gauna, au dau vakanananu tale I Togo. (I was happy to be brought to Naboutini but there are days when I think back about my young days in Togo)."

Youth group leader Akuila Donuca said his members had always turned to the woman of wisdom in times of trouble.

He said Ms Valemei had always given good advice which helped youths make better decisions in handling village projects.


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