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Three Years Away Pays Off For Naqelewai Lass

Naqelewai villager Jemesa Niukula and his spouse Siteri Lewavosalevu travelled all the way from the Naitasiri highlands to Labasa Town to attend their eldest daughter’s graduation. They were proud of
09 Dec 2016 11:29
Three Years Away Pays Off For Naqelewai Lass
Roko Tui Macuata Sitiveni Lalibuli, Jemesa Niukula, Siteri Lecia, Senimili Lewavosalevu and Sereima Lalibuli at the graduation yesterday. Photo: JOSAIA RALAGO

Naqelewai villager Jemesa Niukula and his spouse Siteri Lewavosalevu travelled all the way from the Naitasiri highlands to Labasa Town to attend their eldest daughter’s graduation.

They were proud of their 22-year-old Siteri Lecia, who was one of the 99 nurses who graduated on Wednesday from the Then India  Sanmarga Ikya (TISI) Sangam School of Nursing and Health Care Education.

The 50-year-old soft-spoken farmer said this was one of the proudest moments of his life.

“I came all the way from Naqelewai, Nabobuco in Naitasiri to be a part of this very special event,” Mr Niukula said.

He said he was happy with the knowledge that their daughter had succeeded and would now working as a nurse fulltime.

Mr Niukula said being separated from his daughter since 2013 has not been easy. Tears were shed as she departed their home for Labasa.

But three years of separation have paid off as they were hugging each other with tears of joy and her purpose of travel to Labasa had been achieved.

Ms Lecia said: “Coming from an interior part of the country such as my village to come to Labasa required a lot of adjustment.

“It was the first time for me to travel away from my parents and it was not easy at first. But you have  to experience the bad before you achieve the good.

“I would like to thank God, my parents, and my aunt and uncle Mr and Mrs Lalibuli, who have all contributed to this success,” she said.

“I have achieved my lifelong dream to be a nurse and I am overwhelmed.” Edited by Rusiate Mataika

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