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Donu learns from her struggles, shines brighter

Monika Singh
Wednesday, September 13, 2017

STRUGGLES, hardships and tragedies are some aspects of life which can either make or break a person.

Selita Donu's story is one which captures all of the above and how she overcame the hurdles to get to a point where she was seen as a role model for others in the society.

Ms Donu was recently appointed as a Vodafone World of Difference ambassador and she is thankful that the organisation for believing in her.

A media release from Vodafone Fiji yesterday said Ms Donu's life was a struggle after she left high school.

"I felt like time was catching up on me and started experimenting things. I tried new things, both good and bad. Peer pressure made me somewhat a troubled teenager," she said.

Ms Donu said things did not go well for her and led her to have suicidal thoughts, relationships issues and social perception that she struggled with.

She said her mother's death made her realise that she had to stop depending on others for a living and she had to take control of her life.

A workshop on drugs and substance abuse organised by Vodafone ATH Fiji Foundation charity partner Fiji Council of Social Services in 2008 changed Ms Donu's life.

"The facilitators became my great inspiration and taught me to follow my dreams and never give up, for it is not the end of the world yet. This is where I started building networks with other NGOs, gained my self-confidence and I was also empowered to become something greater later in life.

"I started embracing every good opportunity that came by, started applying for jobs and at the same time involved myself with groups such as Youth Champs 4 Mental Health.

"My association and involvement with the civil society groups gave me access to small training including those offered by the Ministry of Youth and Sports."

She took courses at the Fiji National University and graduated with a diploma in business economics in 2010 which lead her to get employment as an accounts officer and later as centre manager of a microfinance facility in 2012.

She continued her further studies at the University of the South Pacific where she is pursuing a bachelor's degree.

According to the foundation, Ms Donu went back to her village in Nadroga in 2014 to start her own business and settle down with her family.

It said while in the village, she continued her volunteer work as a community health and youth worker and contributed towards the village development plan.

Her community work was recognised by the people and in 2015 she was offered a job at the Nadroga-Navosa Provincial Council.

"I believe we are all here for a purpose and that is to make a difference in the society, be the change, ignore the negative forces around you and stand up for what you know is right for you. Change is inevitable and growth is optional, therefore, one must learn to adapt to both."

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