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Sky’s The Limit For Swamy

An orphan who is pursuing her dream of becoming a veterinary doctor credits her success so far to the St Christopher’s Home in Nakasi, Nasinu. Pritika Swamy, 20, a Bachelors
22 Jan 2015 08:32
Sky’s The Limit For Swamy
Pratika Swamy outside the Campus of Agriculture , Fisheries and Forests of the Fiji National University in Koronivia. Photo: Jona Konataci.

An orphan who is pursuing her dream of becoming a veterinary doctor credits her success so far to the St Christopher’s Home in Nakasi, Nasinu.

Pritika Swamy, 20, a Bachelors degree student in Veterinary and Animal Husbandry at the Fiji National University, first came under the care of the home at a tender age of three.

This was after her father, Narain Swamy, died in an accident.

She left the home in December 2013 based on regulations of the home that when they turn 18 they must leave.

Since then she had been at the university’s dormitory studying, but returns to the home during the weekends.

“I am grateful for the teachings, the help and the support of the sisters since I came into the home. That is how I have come this far,” Miss Swamy said.

“I was brought to the home with my two brothers, Ivinesh and Divinesh Swamy, and they moved to Veilomani Home when they were 12 years old. We have hardly been in touch ever since.

“After I graduate and become a vet doctor I hope to assist the home in any way I could and also find my brothers and we can live together again.

“I heard they have been living with separate families now and they are facing a lot of difficulties which I do not want them to be having.”

She had never seen her mother but always wished she could find her.

“I’ve only went to spend Christmas with my relatives once and I prefer it better at the home because the sisters love and care for us as if we are living with our own parents,” she said.

“I owe so much to these sisters for nurturing me to be who I am today. I also have a friend here in school that has been helping me find my real mother whom I had not met since I came into the home when I was young.”

She said getting out of the home and entering the university was a challenge, however, having to get a good job and a means to get her two brothers together were her greatest motivation in school.

“Over here there is also a lot of peer pressure when compared to the home we were protected and there were rules and regulations that we had to follow. But here we can do what we want to do and we just have to be careful with whatever choices we make.

“This programme will take me five years and I hope to complete it well and get a job. Once I get a job I will get my brothers so we can be together again so we can get to know each other well and also give back as much as we can to the home,” she said.

Pritika is currently on her second year at the university. She has three more years left to complete her studies.

Feedback:  aqela.susu@fijisun.com.fj

 

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