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Sweet Reward For Solo Mum

The struggles endured by solo mother and Naitasiri farmer, Atanasia Roko, to put her daughter through primary school education have paid off. Raised by her hardworking mother, 13-year-old Talica Nabonu
23 Nov 2016 11:00
Sweet Reward For Solo Mum
Naqali District School Dux Talica Nabonu, with her mother Atanasia Roko after the prizegiving ceremony yesterday. Photo: Selita Bolanavanua

The struggles endured by solo mother and Naitasiri farmer, Atanasia Roko, to put her daughter through primary school education have paid off.

Raised by her hardworking mother, 13-year-old Talica Nabonu was the happiest student at the Naqali District School prizegiving ceremony yesterday.

She was accorded the Dux award.

“Today is one of the happiest days of my life because I know how much my mum has been through to send me to school,” said a happy Talica.

“My mom has always been there for me. I went through so many challenges and hard times, but I did not want to lose hope,” she said.

Her mother, Ms Roko, 39, was emotional after witnessing her daughter receive her award: “I don’t know what to say because I can’t express how happy I feel right now.”

Ms Roko said she had supported her daughter’s education on her own.

“I’ve been through a lot in trying to support my daughter’s education. It has always been me and single handed is not easy being a farmer,” Ms Roko said.

In addition to this, she is the sole breadwinner in her family, looking after her parents in their village in Naitasiri.

“I just wish I have enough money so I can send my daughter to big schools like Adi Cakobau School or schools in Suva, but I can’t afford to. I pray that God will provide for us,” the solo mum said.

Talica Nabonu also received the Year 8 first prize and four subject prizes; English, Mathematics, Healthy Living and Vosa Vakaviti.

Edited by Caroline Ratucadra

Feedback:  selita.bolanavanua@fijisun.com.fj

 



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