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Graduate Wants To Help People With Disabilities

Graduate Wants To Help People With Disabilities
Elenoa Kaisau with Certificate IV in Disability accompanied by her parents Maria Wai and Toma Dogovere after the Australia Pacific Technical College graduation at the Friendly North Inn in Labasa on May 24, 2018. Photo: Shratika Naidu
May 25
11:01 2018

Australia-Pacific Technical College (APTC) graduate Ele­noa Kaisau wants to help peo­ple with disabilities.

After the APTC graduation ceremo­ny in Labasa yesterday Ms Kaisau, who carries a physical disability, re­vealed her aim.

The eldest of eight siblings recalled when she fell from a mango tree in 1997 and suffered physical impair­ment in her right leg.

The 34-year-old lass, originally from Vaturova in Cakaudrove province, said she had to leave Year Nine to re­cover from her injury.

“I then had to use a crutch to walk,” Ms Kaisau said.

“After four years at Jai Narayan Col­lege to complete my education till Year 13, I entered the University of the South Pacific Laucala campus to pursuing a Bachelor in Computing Science.

“Looking at my disability, my friends questioned me as to how I got enrolled into USP.

“Their statement and attitude struck me and made me look for work experience in the disability sector.

“That is how I started attending lot of workshops on disability and started helping in the Fiji National Council for Disabled Persons centre in Labasa.

“Later I joined APTC to complete my Certificate IV in Disability course.”

She has encouraged parents who have children with disabilities to bring them to the centre so they could be helped.

“Disabled persons can do much bet­ter than an ordinary person if they believe in themselves,” Ms Kaisau said.

Her parents Maria Wai, 60, and Toma Dogovere ,62, who are yaqona farmers were very proud of their daughter for being brave not giving up hope.

Edited by Percy Kean


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