A father’s dream

Single parent Sanaila Daliga with his two sons Elias (left) and Jasiel in Suva during the Kaji rugby competition. Picture: SOPHIE RALULU

SINGLE parent Sanaila Daliga, 51, says he will continue to support his twin sons both of whom dream of one day donning the national jumper.

His boys, Jasiel and Elias Petueli attend Year 8 at Natadra District School in Cakaudrove.

Jasiel, was selected into the Fiji Under-13 squad after a superb performance at this year’s Kaji Rugby Competition in Suva.

Elias on the other hand plays in the Kaji rugby provincial level in Cakaudrove.

Mr Daliga said his boys love playing rugby and despite being diagnosed with arthritis, he goes to every game and the “father-son family” has grown a special bond.

Mr Daliga, who hails from Nagasauva, Udu Point, has been with his two sons for the past three years, supported by his brothers and sisters.

He said his wife left them in 2010 when his twins were five years old.

“When we got separated — we had a child each,” he said. The father of two said every morning he had to prepare Jasiel’s meals before school.

Then, Jasiel attended Vanuavou District Schoo, a 20 minute ride from home.

“Even though sometimes I get sick I made sure my son had everything he needed,” he added.

In 2015, Elias (Jasiel’s twin brother) moved back to the village with them after living with his mum for a while.

“When my son (Elias) came back home my sister asked me if I could change their school and look for a boarding school,” said Mr Daliga.

“Now my sons are boarding at Natadra Primary School and I only get to see them on weekends.” Every weekend when the two boys are at home, they help with the house and farm chores.

“We help each other in washing our clothes, cleaning the house, cooking and we head up to the farm on Saturdays.

“With the sickness that I have I hardly do farming alone. I wait for my two sons every weekend so that we can head up to the farm.”

Mr Daliga said he was a yaqona farmer after he fell sick he started with his yam and vegetable farm. “We are lucky to have the yam farm.

Money earned from it is used for shopping or for the boys especially when they have school projects to be done,” said Mr Daliga. “The most important thing in my life is having my boys with me, which makes my life complete,” said Mr Daliga.

He said it was a challenge raising a child single handedly.

“For me, I am not looking at today, I am looking at the next 20 years. Maybe, I am raising a multi-million dollar rugby player, a doctor, a professor, lawyer or may be a Prime Minister.”

He said: “I believe God created them for a special purpose and I want them to accomplish that purpose.”

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