……We came to the Happy Home for 10 days, having no idea what to expect. However the second we entered the happy home premises it was all systems go!
Our first night saw us visiting the hospital, as Navi, a 13-year-old boy with cerebral palsy had been admitted for malnourishment. We were thrown in the deep end, and the shock and sadness on seeing this was a humbling experience.
We spent our time in Fiji looking after the various children who come to stay at the happy home. These children have had to deal with hardship we never knew in our childhood, yet they are some of the most joyful, fun loving children we have had the pleasure to meet.
It was a privilege to get to know them during our stay at the Happy Home, and help out wherever we could – some of this ‘hard’ work involved various hairdressing sessions and splashing around in the pool. Every day spent at the Happy Home was different, and our time there was unforgettable.
Although one hopes for a world where the work Elizabeth does is no longer needed, she has become an integral part of many families’ lives in Fiji. By showing many families a different way of life and providing tools to help fight the vicious cycle of poverty in Fiji, she has been a catalyst for such positive change.
Hopefully her involvement with Fiji’s younger generation will help change some futures for the better. Although some days it may seem like she is fighting a losing battle, she continues, and is an inspiration for Grace and I. It was an honour working alongside her and contributing to this positive change.