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Son Shares In Single Mum’s Joy

A single mother brought her son to the Then India San­marga Ikya (TISI) Sangam College of Nursing graduation ceremony yesterday so he could share in the joy of her graduation.
19 Apr 2018 11:00
Son Shares In Single Mum’s Joy
Sandhya Devi with her son Aryaan Wasson after the TISI Sangam College of Nursing graduation in Suva on April 18, 2018. Photo: Shirika Shalini

A single mother brought her son to the Then India San­marga Ikya (TISI) Sangam College of Nursing graduation ceremony yesterday so he could share in the joy of her graduation.

Sandhya Devi of Namoli, in La­basa said: “I am a single mother and my son is my world. Raising a child alone does not require both parents to be together. A child can be raised alone by either a mother or father.”

Crediting the support of her mother who died in August last year, the 33-year-old stood proudly as one of the many graduates of the Bachelor of Nursing Science Bridging Programme graduation ceremony.

“After my mother’s death I had to struggle a lot looking after my five-year-old son, Aryaan Was­son. Sometimes I had to take him with me to my classes. I am blessed to have such a great tu­tors who understood me,” she said.

“Everything I have achieved, I owe it to my son,” Ms Devi said.

She said it was not her first graduation. She graduated with a Diploma in Nursing in 2008.

“My message to the single mums is not to let people decide that you are worthless. You can­not do things by your own – just believe in yourself and you can do it,” Ms Devi said.

“There is lot of challenges as a single mum, but don’t let that define you. Marriage does not define a woman.”

She has not ruled out the op­tion of furthering her education by pursuing a post-graduate course. Edited by Epineri Vula

shirika.shalini@fijisun.com.fj

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