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Mother Proud Of Son’s Sacrifices

Tomu Naqarasiga, 19, did not expect to win an award dur­ing his graduation from the Centre for Appropriate Technol­ogy and Development (CATD) in Nadave, Nausori, yesterday. He was overjoyed when
12 Dec 2018 11:59
Mother Proud Of Son’s Sacrifices
Centre for Appropriate Technology and Development graduation ceremony Director’s Award for Best All Rounder awardee, Tomu Naqarasiga with mother, Vasemaca Naqarasiga, on December 11, 2018. Photo: Ronald Kumar

Tomu Naqarasiga, 19, did not expect to win an award dur­ing his graduation from the Centre for Appropriate Technol­ogy and Development (CATD) in Nadave, Nausori, yesterday.

He was overjoyed when he was called up to the podium to receive the Director Award and Best Train­ee Award in Mechanical Engineer­ing during the graduation ceremo­ny before family and friends.

The 19-year-old hails from Levuka­na Village in Lomaloma, Lau, and has maternal links to Nacamaki Village in Koro, Lomaiviti.

He had left his village to stay at an uncle’s home so that he could con­tinue his education.

“My parents live in the village and I wanted to make them proud. Leaving home is never easy, but I am glad that my aunt and uncle never made me feel home sick,” Mr Naqarasiga said.

“I am happy to be receiving this award. Hard work has really paid off. I know my family has high ex­pectations of me and I believe I have made them proud,” the teen­ager said.

An emotional Vasemaca Naqarasi­ga who witnessed her son’s gradu­ation described him as an average student.

“My son has really made us proud today. I came all the way from Vanu­abalavu to see my son graduate and was shocked when he was awarded two prestigious awards.

The proud mother added that a disciplined upbringing contribut­ed to his success.

Edited by Caroline Ratucadra

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