Father seeks help

Peni Vulacabe Qiokata during an interview at the Fiji Times office in Suva on Wednesday, March 28, 2018. Picture: JONACANI LALAKOBAU

Peni Vulacabe Qiokata during an interview at the Fiji Times office in Suva on Wednesday, March 28, 2018. Picture: JONACANI LALAKOBAU

A 60-YEAR-OLD man’s dream of seeing his children complete their education in a safe and conducive environment is what drives Peni Vulacabe Qiokata every day as he goes door-to-door asking for help to rebuild his home.

Mr Qiokata lost his four bedroom house in a fire last month and since then his family has been living in a lean-to shed made of corrugated iron from their burnt house.

Mr Qiokata is diagnosed with gouty arthritis.

“After I retired as a corrections officer in 2013, my wife used to sew clothes to provide for the family but her sewing machine was also burnt in the fire that destroyed our house,” he said.

“Now we are left with nothing and I have two children who are still in school, one in Year 13 and one in Year 8. After our house was burnt, most of the times, we don’t have anything to eat at all. Just recently we received social welfare assistance but that is still not enough.”

Mr Qiokata is pleading with the public to render their assistance to the family to enable them to rebuild their house.

“All I want is for my two children to reach a good place in life and this is why I want to rebuild my home for my children,” he added.

Those willing to help Mr Qiokata can contact him on 9962490 or 8472554.

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