Shanil Walks Six Kilometres From Home To Work

“I always wanted to bring youths from different settlements where we can work through a better net­work.”
04 Dec 2020 19:23
Shanil Walks Six Kilometres From Home To Work
Mohammed Shanil in Labasa on November 26, 2020. Photo: Renu Radhika

A man, who walked six kilo­metres to work as a volun­teer for youth activities, is now a United Nations Develop­ment Programme (UNDP) human rights consultant in the Northern Division.

Mohammed Shanil was always interested in youth activities and development from his young days.

The 36-year-old bachelor was inspired by his friends who were also involved in the youth activi­ties.

From them he got to know what the Fijian Government was doing for youths.

He went to the Ministry of Youth and Sports office in Labasa where he was advised to form a youth club.

“I managed to form the youth club and began to get engaged with the people of urban and rural settlements,” Mr Shanil said.

“I always wanted to bring youths from different settlements where we can work through a better net­work.”

Later he was given the opportuni­ty to be part of the Labasa District Youth Council.

Mr Shanil worked as a volunteer for seven years in this council as the vice president and later as chairperson.

“We have struggled a lot to get a proper office, even the time when we started voluntary work,” he said.

“We were very fortunate after Minister Parveen Bala gave us one office space in Ro-Qomate House.”

He said it was always good to see that people are still there who can motivate you.

He explained that the Labasa District Youth Council was still a voluntary organisation and they managed to setup income generat­ing projects.

“I always work towards support­ing the youths and making them engage in more activities because they are the future leaders of our nation,” he said.

“At the same time I motivate my­self to reach out to the youths be­cause I don’t want them to strug­gle as I did.”’

He recalls how he used to lie to his friends while walking down from home to work since he was from a poor background and was unable to support himself finan­cially.

“My father is always sick and mother does domestic duties,” he said.

“People should believe in them­selves and keep moving forward.

“You have to struggle because you cannot get results overnight,”

He has completed Diploma in Computing and Electronic, Diplo­ma in Fisheries, Bachelor in Fish­eries from Fiji National Universi­ty and Post-Graduation Certificate from University of Fiji.


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