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Service to Mankind

Many times life does not turn out to be what we initially hope and thrive for in our earlier years- then due to wrong choices made in life and various other factors, families find themselves in hopeless and vulnerable situations. Statistics in the country have also shown that more than 90% of Fiji lives below the poverty line.

The term 'capacity building' today seems to be the way forward for people in these situations. We must empower children with positive discipline and proper education. Education is the only way out of poverty. Education in school can not be fully effective unless the education in the home is fully exhausted.

Thus the role of parents has always been important. I personally express my deepest gratitude to the Bayly Trust for their unfailing support in ensuring families like mine are provided the education, medical assistance and welfare benefits needed to raise our children to be great Fiji citizens of tomorrow.

Through the enlightenment we receive from Mrs Michael and her team, we learn to constantly re-look at ourselves and tap into skills we could use to survive. Thus the simple life of gardening and appreciating things around us is our focus. Proper time management is taught to ensure that we be all resilient to the challenges that face us.

To Mrs Michael and her team (mainly who are volunteers) thank you so much for all the good works you are doing. God bless the JP Bayly Trust of Fiji.

Source: City Star - November 15, 2011
 

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HAPPINESS FOR YOU AND ME

IT’S THE FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS AND EVERYTHING IS

SO NICE AND BRIGHT….

WALLS HAVE BEEN WIPED TO MRS MICHAEL’S

DELIGHT, BALLOONS HAVE BEEN HUNG AND

PAPER CHAINS STRUNG….

            THE COLORS OF DIWALI BRIGHTER THAN

THE SUN….

WE CAN’T HIDE OUR EXCITEMENT…

WE KNOW THERE’LL BE FUN, WE ARE

DRESSED TO THE NINES AND FEELING DIVINE- THIS IS

A SPECIAL TIME TO SHINE.

           

WE WAITED IMPATIENTLY AS OUR

GUESTS ARRIVED MAKING SPACES IN THEIR BAGS

FOR AN AWSOME SURPRISE….

            THEY FEEL SO HAPPY, DELIGHTED TO SEE….

SUJI, SULTANAS, CONDENSED MILK- MITAIS AND GHEE!

 

THIS COMES TO THEM WITH COMPLIMENTS OF

THE JP BAYLY TRUST….

            EVERYONE IS HAPPY AND FILLED WITH GLEE AND

THE LOVE IS CLEAR FOR ALL TO SEE….

 

AT THE BAYLY WELFARE IN THE

HEART OF LAUTOKA TOWN….

OUR VOUNTEER BAINIS ARE BUSY BUSTLING AROUND….

MAKING SURE THAT WE ALL ENJOY AND SHARE IN THIS TIME OF FUN AS ONE!!!

 

…SO IF LIFE JUST SEEMS

TO GET YOU DOWN………..REMEMBER

IT’S THE FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS AND

EVERYTHING          IS      FANTASTICALLY

                             *BRIGHT*

 

 

By: Tracey Beddoes

Bayly Welfare, Lautoka

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Bayly Educates On Risks

A counseling workshop to educate children on the dangers around their community was organized by the Bayly Welfare Trust during the second term school holidays.

According to Bayly Welfare Almoner in Lautoka Sarojni Michael this workshop was very vital taking into consideration the rising number of abuses against the young children.

Present at the workshop were Senior Almoner Mr. Chandra from Suva, Inspector Apao Kauata of Lautoka Police Station, Arieta Drodrolagi and Unaisi Navusa of Pacific Counseling and Social Services and Mr. Arvin Kumar the Head Teacher of Tavarau Bhartiya School. Mrs. Michael, Education Officer Radhika Latchmi, Chairperson Mrs. Stella Smith and other members of Bayly Welfare Lautoka.

Michael revealed that all these members were invited to come and talk to the children and their parents/guardian of the need to be aware of the changes happening around them, dangers of glue sniffing, truancy and disrespect.

She informed that one of the key issues also discussed during this event was physical and mental abuse in both homes and schools and even out on the streets.

“We believe these counseling sessions should continue with our student and their parents as we can see the positive outcome,

“We also involved parents and guardians as we believe they are the main role models since children are with them most of the time.”

She added that children were also reminded that free education was not something to be taken lightly it was indeed a great step forward in building a better life and the children needed to understand this.

Michael revealed that they continuously advise all their recipients to make the most of what ever assistance they get” for the betterment of their future.

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Wheels for Life

By: Mr. Satishwar Chand

It was one of the happiest days for Jay Wati of Labasa, when a timely gift was presented to her by the Labasa Almoner Satishwar Chand.  Recently Wati had suffered from a major stroke and was completely bedridden and her only daughter who is mentally unwell was helpless. Their neighbour has voluntarily been caring for Wati and she said that it was dreadful to see the daughter using a sack as method of moving Wati.

Wati was even more delighted when the Labasa Almoner delivered a wheelchair for he to use and thus become more mobile. The Labasa Almoner’s application for the donation of wheelchairs from Spinal Injuries Association was favourably considered and in July this year 6 wheelchairs were kindly donated.  

Wati now is now able to sit on her terrace and meet and communicate with her visitors. She added that she had become very depressed after the passing away of her mentally disturbed son a year ago which eventually resulted in her stroke. The only income she has is $70.00 from Social Welfare Family Allowance and the monthly food assistance from Bayly Welfare.

She feels that she forms part of the Bayly Welfare family having been one of the families being assisted since 1997 and they have always been there in her times of need. “Without this help my life would have been in dark. I pray to the almighty God for a long life to all the people who are associated with this organization. Once again I thank all from the bottom of my heart” Wati concluded.

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FOR BETTER OR WORSE
Sixty five year old Sheila Devi resides at Wairebatia on the outskirts of Lautoka. She lives in a two roomed corrugated iron house with her three grand children (1 grandson & 2 granddaughters). It was unfortunate that her grandson left school a few months after his mother passed away in 2008 when he was only in Form 3. Despite our advice and counselling, he never went back to school. However, his two little sisters are currently attending primary school. When their father re-married he disowned all three of his children. Sheila, not having any choice became the sole carer of these children. Her grandson who is now 15 years old is a casual worker at a sweets making shop and is also the financial provider for the family with whatever little he earns. The two girls are now in Class 5 & 6 respectively and they are extremely fortunate to be sponsored by the Bayly Education Lautoka. It is always so touching when we visit the family. Shiela a diabetic patient has had her right leg and three toes from her left leg amputated and is wheelchair bound. Gone are the days when she would be able to hold her own in a conversation. A slight stroke has left her speech inaudible but she still manages to communicate. The daily cooking and most of the household chores are now done by the two girls (Meenal & Manshika) and this has affected their academic performance. We continue to visit the girls at school and also at home, and with the counseling that they are receiving from their teachers as well as from us, we hope to see signs of improvement. During one of our surprise visits to Sheila’s home, it was so sad to see her sitting outside in her wheelchair doing her washing. Upon asking her who would hang the clothes on the line “she said she would wait on the neighbors to come by and help her do that”….It is times like this that I, as the Lautoka Almoner, often wonder why some of us are not satisfied with what we have in life’ while there are others struggling just to survive. Good neighbors are hard to come by but Sheila’s neighbour’s are always willing to help the family, especially in coming to our office to collect her food rations and also bringing Sheila to see the clinic doctor or bringing the girls for counseling. Leaving the children behind and going to live with her other daughter is not an option for Sheila since these grandchildren have no one else to care for them. My staff and I are always eager to assist with any positive advice- be it either motherly advice, counseling on school matters or life itself. The Bayly Trust doors are always open to such cases and we all work together in our efforts to try and give our children the best start that they can have in their life – which is a good education. Compiled by: Sarojni Michael Almoner-Lautoka Back to top
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