DEEPIKA Rani Kumar always had a wish to meet her biological father.
This wish, however, could not be fulfilled after the St Christopher's Home resident drowned in a motel pool in New Zealand early this week.
Yesterday was a sad day for the children of the Home when they gathered to farewell their fellow sister for the last time.
The Naulu Parish Anglican Diocese of Polynesia was filled with children from the Home and church members who gathered to pay their last respect to a special family member, daughter and friend in a thanksgiving service.
Venerable Sepiuta Hala'api'api, the Archdeacon of Suva and Ovalau, shared some of the special moments Deepika had with her fellow sisters at the home.
"Deepika's short term goal as we have heard earlier in the eulogies was that she hoped that she would find her real father," Ms Hala'api'api said.
"It's amazing that the more she tried to search for her father, the more she got closer to Jesus.
"She used to have a lot of dreams and aspirations and every time she would spend time talking about careers, she was so gifted that I thought she was just one in many who was gifted in any field of study."
Ms Hala'api'api also recalled when the late Deepika suddenly turned full vegetarian sometime back and she would not eat meat because she wanted to join the military.
"She would train in the morning, evening, out on the lawn and upstairs in the dormitory and these were places she would be doing her exercises because she wanted to be a soldier.
"She even wrote an application to join the Fiji army because she wanted to serve the people of Fiji.
"There was a time she wanted to be a teacher because she thought she could pass her knowledge to young children and then there was a time she wanted to be a journalist and we all knew she wanted to be a journalist because she wanted to find her father. We all knew she would have made a perfect journalist because she asked so many questions."
Ms Kumar, 18, was laid to rest at the Nasinu Cemetery yesterday.