AN Australian citizen has given a package comprising school stationery, shoes, bags and clothes to residents of the Mahaffy Girls Home in Suva.
The home cares for 14 girls between 12 and 19 years who are either orphaned, in need of care and protection or under the supervision of the Ministry of Social Welfare.
Global Compassion was made the new service provider and manager of the home last month after signing a Memorandum of Agreement (MOU) with the Ministry of Social Welfare.
Residents had good reason to smile after Mohini Narayin made the presentation which was co-ordinated by the 'Gift of Love Network' and followed by morning tea.
Ms Narayin said it was a wonderful experience to be at the home and to be able to assist in providing the girls with some of their basic needs.
"It gives me happiness to see the smile on the faces of these girls. I am grateful for this opportunity and certainly this is not my last visit here.
"I will also consider assisting them with their other needs like cooking stove and it's indeed a privilege to have made a positive difference in this way," said Ms Narayin.
'Gift of Love Network' representative, Kaajal Kumar, said they worked towards addressing the needs of disadvantaged children in their communities.
Permanent Secretary for Social Welfare, Women and Poverty Alleviation, Govind Sami, was also present at the handover and acknowledged the assistance.