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Dad Shops For Stationery With Social Welfare Cash

A father-of-five children, Banilotu Nakalevu, used his $100 monthly social welfare assistance to shop for his children’s school stationery. The 65-year-old said the welfare money he received monthly contributed a
08 Jan 2019 11:27
Dad Shops For Stationery With Social Welfare Cash
From left: Atelini Tuba (daughter), Banilotu Nakalevu (father), Waisake Nagai (son) shop at Meenoos store in Nadi on January 7, 2019. Photo: Mereleki Nai

A father-of-five children, Banilotu Nakalevu, used his $100 monthly social welfare assistance to shop for his children’s school stationery.

The 65-year-old said the welfare money he received monthly contributed a lot in supporting his two younger children who are still at school.

“I have five children and three of them have finished school and still haven’t got any job,” Mr Nakalevu said.

“The two younger ones are still in school and I am thankful for the social welfare money I receive that enables me to buy my two children’s school stationery.”

As a full-time farmer, Mr Nakalevu sells rootcrops daily to put food on the table for his family.

“I plant cassava and that’s the only resource I have. I sell crops every day to meet some of my family needs daily.”

He thanked the Government for providing free education, which is a great help in assisting his children’s education.

“The Government has done a great help to families such as mine. They provided free bus fare and the social welfare I received enables me to feed my family and satisfy our needs,” Mr Nakalevu said.

“After I received my social welfare money today, I decided to bring my children to town and buy their uniforms with some of their school stationery.”

The Nakalevu family lives at Nawaicoba, Nadi, and is originally from Bavu in Nadroga.

Edited by Epineri Vula

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