It really touched my heart to read about Salanieta and her brother Waisea helping their mum sell bananas at the Suva Municipal Market.
Thursday's The Fiji Times ran another heart-wrenching article about 11 year-old Grace Cava from Tailevu, who was helping her grandparents sell bu and is aspiring to become a teacher.
When our children show this positive attitude it pleases us as parents and guardians that they are heading in the right direction.
I have seen children who resort to holiday jobs or sell fruits and vegetables by the roadside to help put bread on the family table while there are those lucky ones who don't have to work.
Some luckiest ones even get an opportunity to take a tour overseas because their loved ones can afford to take them.
Grace and Sala's stories are worth sharing with our children in order to mould and nurture them to become caring and responsible citizens who learn to respect children from different and needy backgrounds.
I was also touched by the words of Vatiri (Sala's mum) that "life is hard, but it takes a strong and hardworking person to overcome the struggles in life".
Indeed, thought-provoking. It also delights the heart to read that there are parents whose children's educational needs and priorities supersede all other things and that they saved enough to ensure that their school needs are fulfilled.
Prices of school related things are expensive and a parent could spend an average of $150 to $200 on one child. This includes books, cellophane, bag, uniform, sandals, lunch box, pens, pencils and ruler.
Things are not cheap and I hope that our hardworking good friend Premila Kumar from Consumer Council will keep an eye on all traders as parents and guardians are busy shopping for back to school.
I conclude with the words of Vatiri that "I believe that if we have faith in what we do, we will succeed".Home | Top