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Living Beyond Challenges

The theory that disability is not inability, has become true for 74 -year old retired staff nurse, Anali Derua of Nairukuruku Village, in Naitasiri province. Despite being partially paralysed because
13 Dec 2014 09:22
Living Beyond Challenges
Permanent Secretary for Women, Children and Poverty Alleviation, Dr Josefa Koroivueta (standing right), with Anali Derua and family members at their home in Nairukuruku Village, Naitasiri. Photo: Ministry of Women, Children and Poverty Alleviation

The theory that disability is not inability, has become true for 74 -year old retired staff nurse, Anali Derua of Nairukuruku Village, in Naitasiri province.

Despite being partially paralysed because of the detrimental effects of stroke, Ms Derua is full of life and passionate about using her talents to positively change the lives of those around her.

Ms Derua served as a staff nurse in Tavua and Nadroga/ Navosa.

She didn’t retire till 65 and that was when she encountered the most challenging time of her life.

The pain of losing her husband was more traumatising then the stroke that affected her ability to stand on her two feet.

In 2011, Ms Derua left Tavua to live with her eldest daughter’s family at Nairukuruku Village, Naitasiri.

Since then, she has relied on the Government’s social welfare allowances to support her basic needs. All the while she longed to use her favourite skills learned at school.

“I am overwhelmed with the swift response, I had put in my request just last week and I was surprised to see the ministry officials knock on my door to present me with this wonderful present. , Ms Derua said.

She hopes to use her life, to inspire the persons living with disabilities and even those in their golden age to never give up on their passion.

“I want to encourage those living with disabilities, to live each day with courage and confidence to reach to their highest potential.

As long as you have the breath of life, it doesn’t really matter that you are old or disabled, each one of us has that inner strength called determination to fulfill our dreams,” Ms Derua said.

Minister Rosy Akbar was impressed with Ms Derua’s determination to use her passion for a better cause.

“Ms Derua is an exemplary role model for her community that there are no barriers to success in life,” she said.

“Senior citizens have wealth of knowledge and skills that should be utilised and shared in our communities.

“The ministry is working together with non-government organisations and communities to build an inclusive and enabling society for our senior citizens.”

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