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Chand Rises Above Odds

After undergoing amputation as a result of a car accident in 2014, Deo Chand of Korowiri in Labasa has confidently resumed his role as the head of his family. Mr
02 Jun 2015 13:28
Chand Rises Above Odds

After undergoing amputation as a result of a car accident in 2014, Deo Chand of Korowiri in Labasa has confidently resumed his role as the head of his family.

Mr Chand, 54, had received help from the Ministry of Women, Children and Poverty Alleviation’s Welfare Graduation Programme to look after his family.

Not only is he supported through the monthly welfare assistance, but he has also been trained and equipped to help him live an independent life.

The former mechanic and his wife, Rup Wati, earn a living by operating a market stall at the Labasa Market while their children are married and settled in Suva.

In 2013, after completing two weeks of business training by the ministry, he was assisted with $1600 to expand his market stall where he sells mixed spices, etc.

“Before this accident I was working as a mechanic.

“It was in 1994 when I faced the most traumatic experience of my life,” Mrs Wati said.

He said he was returning from work one night when the car he was travelling in collided with another vehicle.

“The next thing I recalled was waking up in the hospital with one of my legs amputated.

“At first, I was shocked and my biggest worry was supporting my children.

“I am grateful that the Department of Social Welfare has helped me through this,” he said.

In 2013, he was assisted by the ministry to expand his market stall where he now sells yaqona, cigarettes, curry masala and (tobacco) sukhi.

Mr Chand is a living testimony that disability is not inability and that hardwork is the key to becoming self-sufficient.

“Hadn’t it been for the social welfare assistance, I wouldn’t have come this far.”

Last month, Minister Rosy Akbar visited Mr Chand and was inspired after hearing his story.

“I am encouraged by Mr Chand’s story which shows that with determination and hardwork, anything is possible,” Ms Akbar said.

She said in the Northern Division this year, five individuals were assisted through the ministry’s Welfare Graduation Programme.

 

 

 

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