Back to school worries lightened

Mosese Naisausau and his son Aporosa Nakulawai with stationery provided by Soroptimist International in Lautoka on Tuesday. Picture: REINAL CHAND

THE start of the school year is always a difficult time for Mosese Naisausau.

The 40-year-old father of four is a farmer and his first priority remains keeping three of his children in school.

This year, his troubles have been lessened to an extent after receiving free stationery for his children.

Non-government organisation Soroptimist International gave books to 22 children, 12 of whom are primary school students, on Tuesday.

Parents who required assistance made applications to the Ministry of Education after which they were vetted and approved.

For Mr Naisausau, it was a welcome gesture.

“I now only have to worry about the school uniforms and shoes,” he said.

“I want the boys to go to school and get educated and I’m grateful for the help.”

His eldest son, Aporosa Nakulaiwai, will be a Year 5 student at Ratu Saimoni Raseru Memorial School and he will be joined by his siblings Nemani Ratu (Year 3) and Sosiceni Ratoto (Year 1).

According to Soroptimist International Lautoka branch president Vinesh Prasad, this was one of the major projects for the club.

“We believe in educating students and ensuring they all have access to education,” she said.

She said they would continue to engage with the Education Ministry and help needy students when required.

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