SURENDRA Prasad and his family were grateful for a good Samaritan who visited them on Saturday with much-needed food items and sleeping materials.
The family, whose plight was highlighted in this newspaper a few weeks ago, were visited by USP tutor Sefanaia Suka.
Mr Suka brought the items which were collected by the School of Development, Government and International Affairs.
An emotional Swaran Lata was lost for words when Mr Suka walked into her small shack with mattresses, pillows, and foodstuff.
"I continue to thank God for the lives of these strangers who have shown interest in the pleas of my poor family and my prayer is that God will richly bless them and their families," she said.
Mr Suka said his colleagues decided to contribute after learning of the family's situation.
"We felt that their pleas were real and dire and that they had nowhere to turn to," he said.
"The death of Swaran's little boy from a disease which could have been cured is a sign of their helplessness.
"We are glad that we could give to the family what they really needed at the right time which is what really matters."
The family lives in a shack on a land that was given to them by cane farm owner Kapoor Naidu.
Mr Naidu said the family needed to build a proper house and would appreciate any assistance.
"I have given them a piece of land and I do not have enough money so if these people can be assisted in some way or be given a nice home it would be a blessing for them," he said.
"It does not have to be a big house, just a small proper one would do."