My disability makes it difficult for me to walk. Both my legs ache a lot when I go out walking for a long time.
But I've never let it hold me back or make me sad.
I don't worry about what other people say. They are not going to look after me.
My mother is my biggest supporter. She is only able to work three days a week and the truth is, what she makes isn't enough to support our family.
My parents divorced so I live only with my mother and younger sister .
Some days my mother and younger sister would go hungry but mother would always make sure that I had food.
It's hard when I see that happen. It makes me want to get up and be able to do more for my family.
I sometimes wonder why? Why does my mother look after me so well? Why do I get treated better?
My mother would tell me that she believes I'll be the one who would be able to lift up our family.
Me, the daughter with a disability.
Thank you for believing in me, I want to make you proud.
I wanted to be a nurse but my qualification was not enough to meet the requirement of nursing. My father passed away in 2009. I stayed home and wanted to help my mother, and my other siblings, and did not know how to get a job. I dropped out of college at Form 7 and had no work experience at all. I came across TYEE and I decided to contact them if they can help me.
[Hi.. I'm really interested in your Facebook page on how you helped youth to find a job. I always wanted a job but couldn't have the courage to do so. I dropped out from school at F/7 and I hope you'll help me on how to find a job.] Thanks
I got an interview with TYEE not long after my registration. I also participated in their Work Readiness training program. I was honoured to be part of it and was very happy. I was so excited as I was on my way to landing my first job. After our training, I was called for a couple of job interviews with TYEE RECRUITMENT for housekeeping and shop assistant positions, but I decided to wait for a better job. After a few weeks, I was tired of staying home with no luck with jobs, no money and I wanted to get out and work to help my family and also for me to be financially independent. When TYEE contacted me again last week for another job interview, I made up my mind that I will take this job and let that be my first new job. I had to start somewhere especially after considering my qualification was not that good and a lot of youth with better education are looking for jobs.
Hi!! just stopping by to say hi and thank you for putting me into a job. I'm still learning a lot of things but I'll love it thanks to you and your team for the help.
I am thankful for this opportunity and wish to encourage my fellow youth jobseekers out there to take the first leap and start exploring the working life. As Mohammed Ali said it, "I hate every minute of Training but I said, don't quit. Suffer now and live the rest of your life as a Champion".
start today from the ground up, it will pay off
'Oku hounga lahi foki ki he ‘eku mo’ui ‘a e ki’i taimi si’isi’i ne tau fengaue’aki ai mo feohi ai mo kimoutolu pea ko ha mata’i koloa mahu’inga ia ki he ‘eku mo’ui. Pea ko ha talanoa melie foki ia ki hoku ki’i famili pea pehe ki he ‘eku fa’e ko ia 'oku kei moui, kau ai mo hoku ongo tuofefine mo hoku fakatokoua. ‘Oku ou tui fakapapau foki koe faiva ola moe melie e faingamalie ‘oku ou ma’u koe fou kotoa pe ia mei ho’o ki’i organisation hena ‘a e TYEE. And I‘m very proud of TYEE MANAGEMENT AND STAFF WITH THEIR GOAL AND PLANNING. ~Sione Fatafehi Hausia
Sione Fatafehi Hausia came to register with TYEE in his effort to find work. Hausia had keen interests in Hospitality & Tourism and Training. When an entry level job opening became available for our youth, we would get a 8/10 not interested. When Hausia is contacted about it, we would always get a big fat yes from him. "I'll take the job".
The job opportunities on offer ranged from a Kitchen Assistant, Reception, Housekeeping, Waiter, Cleaner, Customer Service and Driver. The last opportunity we presented to Hausia, it was an Internship position with the Ministry of Tourism Tonga for almost 4 weeks during the Heilala Week 2016. Hausia (together with his fellow interns) was highly commended by the Ministry's Officer in Charge; Simata Palu for his commitment and all round effort in everything he was asked to do.
Hausia has paid the price to learn variety of skills, gained some experience and he never gave up. He stumbled and fell but he kept going when the challenges became so impossible to handle.
Today, Hausia has been offered a new office, new job and new location. The opportunities are out there, but the question is: are you prepared and ready to face the challenge to achieve and make yourself proud?
Ko e ngaue ko eni kou ma’u koe Officer in Charge for the Ministry of Tourism ‘Eua Office, as Assistant Information Officer for ‘Eua Tourism. Pea kou hounga’ia lahi aupito he ngaue ni thanks be to God and I give him the glory. ~Sione Fatafehi Hausia
‘Oku mahu’inga lahi kiate au hoo ngaue Lusia he koia ‘oku ma’u ai homau faingamalie to get a job and now I understand we have to start from the grass root job step by step ke ma’u ha tu’unga ngaue ‘oku toe sai ange and finally I got there. ~Sione Fatafehi Hausia
"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