Refuge for victims of abusive relationships, orphans

President Joji Konrote, his wife Sarote Konrote with goodies they donated for children of the Lomani Au Home in Savusavu yesterday. Picture: LUKE RAWALAI

SINCE opening their doors six years ago, the Lomani Au Childrens Home has nurtured and enriched the lives of 28 children with different backgrounds.

Tucked away in the hills of Rava along the Nukubalavu coastline, the home has become a refuge for children of abusive relationships, minor victims of crime and orphans.

Home manager Leonie Johannessen said they cared for 16 children. Ms Johannessen said the children were in different age groups with the youngest aged 7 months old and the eldest 17 years old.

“These children come from different and difficult backgrounds having a story to tell that is the very reason they are seeking refuge in this facility,” she said.

“We are thankful to have them and to attend to them one needs to have a lot of patience and understanding.

“The home was opened in 2012 after there was a need for a safe keeping facility for children who were involved in abusive relationships or victims of crimes.”

Ms Johannessen said to be visited by the President Jioji Konrote and his entourage yesterday was a blessing for the children at the home.

Mr Konrote visited the home yesterday bearing Christmas goodies for children and spreading the seasons good cheer.

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