FOR parents of the villages of Kilaka, Nadivakarua and Nakorovou in Kubulau, Bua, working together has become a norm for the past year.
Their work normally starts on Monday as they take turns to cook food for their children who board at Ratu Emeri Catholic Primary School. The dorm accommodates students from the three villages ranging from classes one to eight.
Parents from the three villagers take turns on a weekly basis to feed the students.
Previously parents cooked their own children's meals but that changed when new school head Tomasi Kunau started this year.
"The fact that parents of individual villagers had to feed their own children every day of the week was just mind boggling for me," he said.
"I do not understand why a school with a roll of 75 students has to have such a complicated feeding program for students.
"I walked into the dining hall once and saw the difference in children's menu and the fact that some were peeping at what the others had for lunch touched me.
"Therefore, I ordered that boarding students should have one menu on a weekly basis instead of having to have different menus during dinner, lunch or breakfast."
Now parents from the three villagers take turns feeding the boarding students; they now have one menu and the students seem to enjoy their lunch more. "We plan to renovate the kitchen to ensure the students' food is well prepared in a proper hygienic environment," said Mr Kunau.
"And we're seeking help from business houses and other furniture makers to provide a proper kitchen for our students."