DESPITE having an amputated leg and living with a bedridden wife, Viliame Naibono, 72, pushes aside all odds and carries the burden of looking after his wife plus his two adopted children who attend secondary school.
His wife Sera Disulu suffered a minor stroke in 2003 and later developed Parkinsons disease while Mr Naibono had his right leg removed after being diagnosed with diabetes in 1987.
Eighteen years ago the couple adopted two children, Ifireimi Delaikoro who completed Form Seven this year and Ifereimi Ruarua who is to continue Form Five next year. "The two children had been abandoned by their parents and we decided to adopt them and take them under our care," said Mr Naibono.
"In our old age and the conditions that have taken upon us we now seek assistance and aid of any form to assist us in supporting our adopted children's education considering our deteriorating health condition.
"We live alone in Nakama Village and our children have been married and have their own families around the country," he said.
Mr Naibono said life was getting hard day by day with prices of things getting costly while their condition as a couple had sometimes driven them as a family to sacrifice for the cost of their medications and other medical needs.
"We seek assistance from the rightful authorities and the loving people of the nation to please assist us in any way possible to help provide a better promising future to our two adopted children," said Mr Naibono.
"Sometimes I turn to the verge of breaking down in tears when I see our condition and wonder about the future of our two children. Times have changed and we live close to a Fijian village but none of them ever come to us with any help and we do not blame them since times are hard now and nothing comes easy," he said.