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Up-bringing in Naweni scores big

Written By : SUN FIJI NEWSROOM. Hosanna Kabakoro grew up in Naweni, along the picturesque coast of Eastern Cakaudrove in Vanua Levu, surrounded by people whose lives were centred around
16 May 2009 12:00

Written By : SUN FIJI NEWSROOM. Hosanna Kabakoro grew up in Naweni, along the picturesque coast of Eastern Cakaudrove in Vanua Levu, surrounded by people whose lives were centred around helping one another.
Even her parents, Ratu and Summer, set up three kindergartens and a rural medical clinic in the area, apart from other volunteer work every Fijian village experienced.
Today, the 16-year-old is doing the same in Idaho, where the family has moved to since 2006.
Her volunteer work in organising a major campaign on the safe use of the Internet and cell phones among young people in area became a major topic.
The experience of a teenager in her local church helped her realise the need to inform her peers of the dangers associated with the Internet and other similar technology.
Hosanna, a home-schooled 11th-grader, was recognised for her volunteer work in raising awareness on how teens can use technology safely and responsibly.
“Not all kids were educated on how to stay safe and use technology safely so I researched safe technology use and began speaking to church youth groups, Girl and Boy Scout Troops, schools and other groups about how to use the Internet, cell phones, cameras, videos etc safely and wisely,” she said.
She is working on introducing her program in public schools and she plans on recruiting and training some of her peers to help in raising awareness.
For her work, Hosanna was among the United States of America’s 51 most outstanding secondary school volunteers.
They were acknowledged last week for their efforts in making a positive difference in their community.
She received personal congratulations from former US First Lady Laura Bush at the 2009 Prudential Spirit of Community Awards ceremony and gala dinner reception held at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History in Washington DC.
In an earlier interview this year, Hosanna had shared that “volunteering became a way of life” for her because of her parents work.
Aside from a silver medallion, she also received $USD1, 000 cash and an all-expenses paid trip for two to Washington DC. Hosanna is also one of ten national recipients of the annual Discover and Huntington University Scholarships.
She received a total of $46,000.00 USD to use for her university education.
Her parents were delighted with the awards.




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