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Labour of love

Margaret Wise
Thursday, December 14, 2017

CHRISTMAS came early for an unemployed Yasawa man who took in his younger brother's five children after they were left destitute when their dad perished at sea in 2011.

For five years, the children lived with him in Nawaka, Nadi, crammed in a single room home.

Yesterday Isimeli Kurucake shed tears and embraced the children, thanking God for their new home.

"I knew it wasn't going to be easy because I was doing casual work and only my wife was employed at the Sheraton Resort," he said.

"But I had complete faith in God and I trusted that He would provide for my son and my three nieces and two nephews.

"And He has never failed me yet."

The family used to live in a corrugated iron home that was severely damaged during Severe Tropical Cyclone Winston.

Members of the Nadi Wesley Church were told of the family's plight and so they teamed up with Tokatoka Resort staff members to rebuild and expand the home.

"This is the third such project we have undertaken as a church and, as a body of Christ, we give all the glory and honour back to Him for giving us the opportunity to help our brothers and sisters in need," said Pastor Meli Vulaitakalo.

He said the children would need assistance over the years and encouraged others to open their hands and help the family.

Tokatoka Resort general manager Nasoni Tamani said his staff members felt compelled to assist.

"The hotel provided the labour, it was a labour of love," he said.

Together, the two teams added two new rooms and rehabilitated the toilet and bathroom facilities and provided solar electricity to allow the children to study at night.

Limiva Lewatu, 14, the eldest of the siblings, said she was grateful for their new home and wanted to be a nurse when she completed school.

She said her youngest sister, Alumita, was an infant at the time they were rescued by their uncle and his wife.

"We are blessed and we are grateful for everything we have received," she said.

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