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Two Widows Raise Young Leaders

A widow started reaping the fruits of her struggles when her eldest son, Manoa Ibeco, was inducted as headboy of Queen Victoria School in Tailevu yesterday. Ilisapeci Vukialau, 39, could
15 Feb 2016 11:10
Two Widows Raise Young Leaders
From left- Ilisapeci Vukialau, Queen Victoria School head boy, Manoa Ibeco, his sister, Ana Roqaica and brother, Aisake Roqaica after the prefect induction at the school yesterday. Photo: AQELA SUSU

A widow started reaping the fruits of her struggles when her eldest son, Manoa Ibeco, was inducted as headboy of Queen Victoria School in Tailevu yesterday.

Ilisapeci Vukialau, 39, could not hide her emotions, as she badged her son Manoa during the prefect induction at the school.

Mrs Vukialau’s husband, Ratu Pita Roqacia, had died 11 years ago. Ever since then she has been single-handedly raising her three children with the assistance of her relatives and in-laws.

“It has been quite challenging being a single mother having to support my children alone,” Mrs Vukialau said.

“We faced some financial constraints along the way but I’m thankful that our families from both sides have stuck by us through thick and thin.”

Meanwhile, Manoa said his new role involved a lot of responsibility and with the tough situations he had gone through after his father’s death he was ready for the challenges.

“I only wish my dad was here to see me; he was always there for me when we were young and I dedicate this achievement to him,” he said.

“I never once dreamt that I would one day be chosen to lead this prominent school and for that I thank God.”

The 17-year-old, Kiuva, Bau, aspires to become a geologist.

 

Thank you FRCA QVS Old Boys

Fifty-eight-year-old Kalolaine Masibalavu was on cloud nine yesterday.

This was after her youngest son Apakuki Masibalavu was inducted as deputy headboy of Queen Victoria School in Tailevu yesterday.

Mrs Masibalavu has been a widow since her husband died in 2007.

Apakuki’s fees have since then been paid for by the QVS old boys at the Fiji Revenue and Customs Authority.

“I can’t explain how I feel right now. I just sell handicraft at home and when my son wanted to come here, I knew God will provide everything for us,” she said.

“I’m so thankful to the old boys at FRCA for making this happen for us,” Mrs Masibalavu said.

Edited by Manasa Kalouniviti

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