Former criminals to use life experiences to help young people in proposed boot camp

    Kuo lēsisita ‘i Tonga ha kautaha ko ha toko nima ‘eni ne tīpooti mei ‘Amelika ka kuo nau loto ke hoko e talanoa ki he’enau mo’ui’ ke tokoni’i ‘aki ‘a kinautolu fakafoki fakapule’anga mei muli ki Tonga'. Ko e kau tangata ko ‘eni’ ko Muli ki Fai’ana Vehikite, Vivili Moala, ‘Ila Mo’unga, Kahuni Latu mo Latu Liava’a. ‘Oku kau atu leva mo e fa’ahinga ko ‘eni' ki he poate ‘oku' ne fakalele ‘a e kautaha’ ni: Linda Tu'ihalangingie, Pelenatita Kara, Dr. Veleveni Moala mo Meleane Fatafehi Tu'akalau.

    Five deportees from the United States will use their life stories to help other people.

    The five men are Muli ki Fai’ana Vehikite, Vivili Moala,‘Ila Mo’unga, Kahuni Latu and Latu Liava’a.

    The men will work with the Dare to Dream Foundation, which has been registered with the Registrar of Business and Societies in Nuku’alofa.

    The Foundation is waiting for a Certificate of Registration.

    The following people have been appointed to the board: Linda Tu’ihalangingie, Pelenatita Kara, Dr.  Veleveni Moala and Meleane Fatafehi Tuakalau.

    “Tonga has entered a stage whereby, one can seriously doubt the future of its future generation,” a spokeswoman for the foundation said.

    “Juvenile crimes as well as some juvenile social related issues have risen so high in the last couple of years, with no clear solution in sight.

    “Issues such as drugs and alcohol abuse, teen pregnancy, early high school drop-outs and  teen prostitution are just some of the most pressing issues we face every day that directly affects the lives of our youth.”

    The Foundation plans to offer troubled young people a six month boot camp to instill the  core  Tongan values  of  fefaka’apa’apa’aki (mutual respect), feveitokai’aki (sharing, cooperating and fulfilment of mutual obligations), lototō (humility and generosity) and tauhi vaha’a (loyalty and commitment).

    “This will be the bedrock of any of the youth that will be undertaking our programmes,” the foundation spokeswoman said.

    “No doubt, they will come out more wiser, matured and be more responsible.”

    “We want to be sure that their self destructive behaviours are completely broken and they have completely recovered and have healed emotionally.

    “We don’t want to fall into the traps of providing short term solutions with no real permanent positive effects.”

    Young people who successfully complete the course will become members of the Foundation.

    The main points

    • Five deportees from the United States will use their life stories to help other people.
    • The five men are Muli ki Fai’ana Vehikite, Vivili Moala,‘Ila Mo’unga, Kahuni Latu and Latu Liava’a.
    • The men will work with the Dare to Dream Foundation, which has been registered with the Registrar of Business and Societies in Nuku’alofa.

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