"I am somebody when I came. I will be a better somebody when I leave". ~TONGA YOUTH REAL TALK
The TYEE Work Readiness Training Program for September 2016 Intake is in progress. With Day One done and with a maximum of 20 Trainees per intake, we have a house full of youth coming together to make a difference in their search for some economic opportunities to better their lives, just like all of us. With the support of the Tonga Business Enterprise Centre & NZAid Programme, we are able to serve the numbers of our young people in this way. We thank you!
"My Dad died while I was still in school. So I dropped out of school to find work to support my family. My younger sister, who had been helping me, passed away last month. I look after her son now like he is my very own. So much sacrifices but it has made me stronger." NIPA 25
"My mother died while in the hospital. I was told that there were not enough staff. I applied to Nursing School every year since I was 16 until I got in. Now I'm helping others in need." Mone 24
"I lost my father in the Tungi Arcade shooting that happened more than 20 years ago. I was just 1 year old at that time. Mom raised me as a single parent and encouraged me to study hard. I did really well at school but, I think because I didn't have a father figure to guide me, I strayed and did some really stupid things."
"Skipped classes and didn't sit exams."...
"What happened then?"
"They were ready to expel me from school but by the mercy of God I was given a second chance. Mom encouraged me to seek the Lord's help and that's how I was able to turn my life around. I was able to refocus on my studies and graduate from high school. What inspires me the most is my Mom had this single dream - to build a house for us because we didn't have one. She was able to do that, on her own. So one of the sayings I live by is 'Adapt & Overcome'. My two years of missionary service helped built my faith and I am confident now that anything is possible through Christ." #tongayouthtalk
"Being unemployed for seven months after returning to Tonga was tough. But what hurt more was when my little brother said to me, 'What's the use of getting a degree from a good university when you can't even get a job?!' I didn't want him to think that there was no use in going to school."
TONGA YOUTH REAL TALK #somethingbiggerthanyourself