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Lata Heaps Praises On Charity Group For Helping Daughter

The importance of education has always been in the mind of Sanjani Lata. The mother of two children from Mataniwai, Labasa has defied all odds to ensure her daughter Divashna
25 Jan 2019 11:00
Lata Heaps Praises On Charity Group For Helping Daughter
From Left: Sanjani Lata, Northern Charity Alliance President Arunesh Vishwa carrying Divashna Divya standing beside Labasa School for Special Education head teacher Mukesh Chand in Labasa on January 24, 2019.

The importance of education has always been in the mind of Sanjani Lata.

The mother of two children from Mataniwai, Labasa has defied all odds to ensure her daughter Divashna Di­vya Kumar gets quality education.

Married to Atish Kumar, a cane cutter, she has to travel daily in the morning from Mataniwai to town, and take another bus to the Labasa School for Special Education which is located near Labasa Hospital.

Her 10-year-old daughter, who suf­fers from epilepsy, was enrolled last year and needs her mother’s support to travel by bus to school daily.

She faces difficulty when walking on her own.

Her dream to enrol in a school was fulfilled by Northern Charity Alli­ance (NCA) that has provided finan­cial support since last year.

Her mother thanked NCA for the continued support for the past year.

“We are poor and this financial as­sistance to educate our daughter has been a timely relief,” Mrs Lata said.

“My husband also does some casual work in our village, and whenever I am home I go and catch prawns and crabs.”

She said she was paying $101.60 for her busfare and another $101.60 for the daughters’ busfare for a month.

“Government subsidies $40 for my daughters travels,” she said.

“The rest of the bus fare costs have been paid by NCA.”

NCA has made my daughter’s dream come true with quality education.

Labasa School for Special Education head teacher Mukesh Chand said Di­vashna has progressed well because now she had started walking indepen­dently from a short to long distance.

“We have introduced her curricu­lum and her development phase one has been completed and now she is in phase two of the development cycle,” Mr Chand said.

NCA president Arunesh Vishwa emphasised the importance of educa­tion.

“We are indeed delighted to assist Divashna so she can at least have ba­sic knowledge,” Mr Vishwa said.

“Education is a key focus area for NCA and in providing other assis­tance.

“We recently assisted the Northern Dialysis Centre in absorbing three months injection cost for 20 patients.”

Edited by Percy Kean

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