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Single Mum’s Sacrifices For Daughter Pays Off A Second Time

Single Mum’s Sacrifices For Daughter Pays Off A Second Time
Serafina Diratoga (left), with her daughter Arieta Marama Tavele at the Chinese Embassy in Suva on August 16, 2018. Photo: Ronald Kumar
August 17
10:00 2018

Serafina Diratoga, 48, was in tears as she described the hardships she and her family have been going through to help in her daughter’s education

Yesterday, she was at the Chinese Embas­sy in Suva as her daughter, Arieta Marama Tavele, 26, received a second scholarship in order to do her Masters.

Ms Tavele had received her first scholar­ship in 2013, to study a Bachelor in Inter­national Economics and Trade. She gradu­ated in June. She will now be furthering her studies at the Beijing Institute of Tech­nology.

“My parents were also supporting my daughter while she was growing up. My mother used to sell roti parcels and my daughter used to help,” Ms Diratoga said.

“I have been working at a garment fac­tory for the past 10 years now. There were times when things were really tough and I wanted to give up, but my daughter has been my strength.

“Before her graduation this year, she called me and said that she has paid for my return ticket and wanted me to be part of her graduation. Her kind gesture really touched me.

“She did part-time jobs so that she can af­ford my fare. I am really proud of her and her achievement. As a parent I ensured that my daughter is my first priority.”

Ms Tavele was among the 19 Fijians who received scholarships to China yesterday. She hails from Dreketi Village in Wailevu, Savusavu.

“Being raised by a single mother pushed me to do my best. I know the struggles my mother had to go through and I want to re­pay her,” Ms Tavele said.

“My mother paid my school fees from pri­mary, secondary and tertiary. When I was at USP, I realised that the fees kept increas­ing. I felt bad for my mother because she had to work extra hard.

“Receiving the first scholarship was a blessing for me. I am going to do my Mas­ters now. I want to pay back my mum for all her struggles.”

Edited by Jonathan Bryce


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