Marama returns home

Mereseini Marama at work at a guest’s bure at the Oneta Resort. Picture: SIKELI QOUNADOVU

TWO of the greatest objectives for the more than seven billion people on earth are knowing who you are and your purpose.

By knowing who you are and your purpose, you will be able to know their destiny or what they are destined to do and become.

Growing up on her island home at Narikoso Village on Ono in Kadavu, Mereseini Marama, had dreams and aspirations.

For the 23-year-old, returning to her island home was not much of a choice — but it was her destiny.

Educated at the Vabea District School which is in the neighbouring village, Ms Marama furthered her education at the Kadavu Provincial Secondary
School before finishing off at the Training and Productivity Authority of Fiji (TPAF) in Narere, Suva.

“Then, I was attached with the Water Authority of Fiji. When my attachment finished I had to return to the village,” she said.

In 2016, she was offered an opportunity to work for Oneta Resort located on the island of Ono and about 10 minutes boat ride from Narikoso Village.

It was here, she rediscovered her purpose and her destiny and for the most of the past two years she has performed her duties diligently.

“I love this job so much and I am happy here, because with this job I am close to home and can travel home any time during my break to see my parents, my siblings and my daughter.

“My work here I can cover for anyone; I can do housekeeping, laundry and sometimes can also cook and help out in the kitchen.

“I do this work with all my heart because this is the only way I can look after my daughter who is one year and seven months old,” she told this newspaper while cleaning one of the guest bure.