Group reaches out to Navi­ago widow

Fiji Lo­cals, Help Lo­cals pays fol­low-up visit with food items, clothes and other do­na­tions

Fiji Sun - - Nation - KATHRIN KR­ISHNA Edited by Ru­si­ate Mataika Feed­back:­ishna@fi­

Agroup known as ‘Fiji Lo­cals, Help Lo­cals’ paid a fol­low-up visit on Satur­day to a Navi­ago Vil­lage fam­ily af­ter the Pres­i­dent Ma­jor-Gen­eral (Ret’d) Jioji Kon­rote vis­ited the fam­ily ear­lier this month. ‘Fiji Lo­cals, Helps Lo­cals’ is a

Face­book group which con­sists of mem­bers from all work­ing back­grounds who are com­mit­ted to help­ing those who are in need of aid. Ali­pate Sawau, the trea­surer of the newly formed group, said they aimed at pri­ori­tis­ing and help­ing needy in­di­vid­u­als in Fiji’s com­mu­ni­ties. “The group is very new and we have an aim of pro­vid­ing help in what­ever way we can to those who need help in our com­mu­ni­ties,” Mr Sawau said. “We de­cided to visit Mere­ani and her fam­ily af­ter we read the news ar­ti­cle in the Fiji Sun ear­lier this month.” The 60-year-old grand­mother could not hold back her tears when the group vis­ited her at her fam­ily house in Navi­ago, Lau­toka last week.

“It is the love of God that draws this peo­ple to help needy in­di­vid­u­als like me,” Ms Mara­manairamo said. She said she was very thank­ful to the group for their visit. “I thank this group for tak­ing out time, trav­el­ling all the way to my vil­lage just to pay me a visit,” she said.

“It is acts like this that can re­store back the faith in hu­man­ity and this shows the true Fi­jian so­ci­ety which be­lieves in help­ing oth­ers.” The fam­ily re­ceived food items, clothes and other do­na­tions from the group. Ms Mara­manairamo is cur­rently stay­ing with her two grand­daugh­ters Tokasa Nakesa Marama, 12, and Mareta Dabea, 11, at Navi­ago Vil­lage in Lau­toka.

Photo: Kathrin Kr­ishna

Mem­bers of the Fiji Lo­cals, Helps Lo­cals dur­ing their visit to Navi­ago widow Mere­ani Mara­manairamo (back mid­dle, against the wall), and her two grand­daugh­ters.

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