LOST hope was restored to more than 30 school children at Nagado Village in the highlands of Nadi who were severely affected by Tropical Cyclone Evan.
This after a surprise visit by Australian tourist, Catherina Bartley who read about the plight of the children in this newspaper on Monday .
Mrs Bartley visited the village and gave cash to support the children's education.
"After I read some articles in The Fiji Times, I realised there were a lot of families affected by the recent cyclone," Mrs Bartley said.
"The article seemed to stand out from the others, reading it made me realise that this village had lost a lot as a result of the cyclone," she said.
"It was very good for me to visit Nagado Village and meet with the headman and all the children who needed help."
Mrs Bartley said she was a regular visitor to Fiji and had helped various communities in the past. This time however, she said the situation faced by those affected prompted her to visit the village and assist directly.
"In the past, I have donated to various charities to assist flood victims, etcetera. But this year, I decided to help out this way.
"It was so heartening to see that they were already replanting and getting their lives back in order. I felt very blessed to have been able to be with them this day," she said. Village headman Peniasi Dakuwaqa said the donation was a timely blessing to the students.
"The donation will see them attending school from next week, something that would not have been possible without Catherina's help," he said.