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Nanny shares tears of joy

Ivamere Nataro
Friday, August 15, 2014

ONE good deed deserves another.

These were the words of 69-year-old Jagdish Singh who arrived last Monday from Melbourne, Australia, in search of his children's babysitter after 30 years.

Sereima Marawa said she was happy and surprised to hear Mr Singh's voice over the phone saying he was in Fiji to see her.

Mr Singh had gone to Levuka to look for Mrs Marawa but he was lucky to be given the address and phone contact of his babysitter who had moved to Suva.

Mr Singh, a former teacher and principal, had gone to teach at Levuka Public School in 1978 when they needed a baby sitter to look after their then-one-year-old daughter.

According to him, they were fortunate to find Mrs Marawa whom they called Ima.

Mr Singh said when they left Levuka for Nadi in 1983, they had lost all contact with Ima and there was never a single day that went by that they did not think of her.

He said his family, especially his children, were grateful to the contributions Ima had made to their lives and the values she had instilled in them shaping them to be the people they are today.

Expressing tears of joy, Mrs Marawa said when the family had left Levuka, she felt a void in her life because she had grown close to the family and to be part of the family again made her happy.

Mrs Marawa worked for seven years looking after the Singh's children.

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