AFTER spending Christmas with abused and neglected women and their children at Loloma Home in Sabeto, Nadi, two years ago, retired airman and aviation expert Jim Edwards felt compelled to do something about their plight.
"I just couldn't ignore the helplessness in their eyes," the 77-year-old former senior flight operations inspector shared.
"I knew I had to do something about it and two and a half years later the refuge is now a registered charity called the Loloma Home and Care Centre.
"I, together with the founders — Adi Laite Kubunadakai and Vaciseva Waqa — now look after nine mothers and 22 children."
"And I can tell you that in my 60 years in the aviation industry, nothing has brought me greater pleasure than hearing the children affectionately calling me 'grandpa'. It warms my heart just being around them."
Mr Edwards said despite his assistance and aid from various businesses and charitable organisations, one of the biggest challenges for the refuge was the day-to-day running of the facility.
"Feeding more than 30 people daily is a huge task and the costs that go along with it and I hope that more people put their hands up to assist the most vulnerable people in our community — our women and children.
"We have a lot of people donating clothes and toys but what we really need is cash to repair a leaking roof and to purchase materials to build a platform for our two water tanks."
Anyone wishing to enquire about how they can assist Loloma Home can do so by contacting Ms Waqa on 8608229.