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Delanimati Goes Back To School, Thanks To Barter Trade

His post received overwhelming response from members of the public who were eager to help him get back to school.
30 Jan 2021 09:57
Delanimati Goes Back To School, Thanks To Barter Trade
Ilikena Delanimati with the donations he received on January 29, 2021. Photo: Leon Lord

Difficulty on the home front led Ilikena Delanimati to drop out from school two years ago.

The 16-year-old ran away from home in Ba and followed his friends to Nausori where he found refuge with a family.

Since 2019, he roamed the streets and worked odd jobs to get by, but not once did he lose sight of his ambition to become a carpenter.

Luckily his uncle Vincent Delanimati, who runs his own furniture remodelling business in Cunningham, heard about his circumstance and offered to take him in last year.

A few days ago, Ilikena posted on the Barter for Better Fiji Facebook page offering his services to work in exchange for stationery supplies to prepare for school.

His post received overwhelming response from members of the public who were eager to help him get back to school.

Next week he begins his two-year course for Cabinet Making and Farm Management at the Chevalier Training Centre in Wainadoi.

“We were watching TV one day when the vocational school advertisement came on and I told my uncle I wanted to study there. After technical college I plan to enrol at Fiji National University to pursue a certificate course in carpentry,” Mr Delanimati said.

“I am thankful to my uncle. He runs his own upholstery business at home so when I came to live with him, I learnt a lot of things from him.”

The huge response from members of the public including those overseas will enable him to return to school with all expenses paid.

His tuition for the duration of his course has also been paid with the cash assistance given by some donors.

With the excess stationery supplies, uniform and farming gear he has received, he plans to give it to a cousin of his who will also be joining him at vocational school as well as his fellow classmates.

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