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Shoes from Deluxe Footwear

Let us share and care” is the moto of Deluxe Footwear Managing Director, Mr. Dharmendra Parmal of who has sighted his father’s success from a small shoe shop to an empire of shoe shops in Suva.

Deluxe Footwear has recently donated 400 pairs of brand new children’s school sandals (worth of $8,000) to Bayly Education Suva. Bayly Welfare & Education Suva has been long associated to Deluxe Footwear and some of these sandals will also be shared with Bayly Education Centers in Lautoka and Labasa.

We are delighted with these donations because it has saved $8,000 which can now be utilized in other education assistance to the less fortunate children registered in our register.

During the handover, Dharmendra said that “I won’t take any wealth with me when I die, so I must share whatever we can afford. I will only leave my name behind like my father did.”

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Angel Baby

Sharmila lives at Koroipita in a comfortable home with her two children but it hasn’t always been like that…

 

She had been in a de-facto relationship and things started to changed after she had her first child. Her de-facto abandoned her and their child when the child was one year old, leaving one day never to return… she was by now 20 years old and already expecting their second child…

 

She was on her way to Lautoka hospital to get help for her sick 2 year old, when a relative saw her walking in the hot sun and offered her a lift to the hospital and then went to Bayly Welfare Lautoka and asked for their assistance.

 

The Lautoka Almoner – Mrs Sarojni Michael - listened to her story and assisted as best as she could. Sharmila was advised on certain matters concerning her pregnancy and general well-being and that of her child.  Mrs Michael told Sharmila that she would do whatever possible and that she was welcome to visit the JP Bayly Welfare whenever the need arose.

 

A couple of months later, Sharmila found her way back to us and this time she’d come bearing a gift…a gorgeous little angel, a beautiful baby boy, and some good news. The relative who had helped her to hospital had offered her a place to stay. In the meantime she had heeded our advice and spoken to Mr. Inoke of “Hart Home” as well as Mr. Peter Drysdale of “Rota Home”, and hopes for a house were soon to be a reality.

 

I remember there was a lot of cooing and baby-talk going on that day as the volunteers fussed around the baby. After speaking with her that day, I remember thinking… “This child; this angel has brought luck with him for his mum and elder sister” because everything was falling into place concerning their housing- Mr. Drysdale had gotten back with news about the Rota Home in Naikabula, Lautoka and things were beginning to look up.

 

The house is slowly becoming the home that Sharmila thought she would never have and the JP Bayly Lautoka staff and volunteers are working together to ensure that this young family has a good start.

 

Each new week, brings with it, a few more pieces of linen and clothing, some crockery and knick-knacks that we are slowly gathering for Sharmila and her. 

 

We are enjoying our time with this family and we await eagerly the day when the children have their first day at kindy and all the adventures that come with it.

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Sonam’s success dedicated to Mum
Once again, the JP Bayly Trust has awarded a Commemorative Certificate and a cash award of $250.00 and this year it has been awarded to Sonam Kumar who successfully completed her Form 6 at Mahatma Gandhi Memorial High School in 2010. Sonam received the award from the JP Bayly Trust for achieving the highest mark in English (96 out of 100) and 373/400 for Fiji School Leaving Certificate in 2010. Deputy Chairman Malcolm Paterson presented the award to Sonam at the JP Bayly Trust office on 13th April 2011 and said “The Trust has always placed great emphasis on the value of education and 15 years ago decided to make an annual award available to the student who gained the highest English marks in the School Leaving examination. It therefore, on behalf of the Chairman, who apologises for his absence today, and the Board of the JP Bayly Trust it gives us much pleasure in recognising the fine effort made by Sonam by making this award to her. We understand she is continuing her studies and we wish her all the very best in her future endeavours”. “I'm really honoured to have received this award from the JP Bayly Trust and my hearty thanks goes out to the organisation. This achievement has been possible through a lot of hard work and the support of so many people in my life” Sonam said. “I lost my mum in August 2010 and studying for exams and knowing that she's wasn’t around was very hard, but my family has been very supportive. We were there for each other the whole time and I count myself lucky to have them around me. My dad has always done his best to make sure his girls get the love of both parents and he hasn't given us any chance to complain” she said. Sonam dedicated all her success to her mum and dad, her two sisters, her English teacher Mrs Gayathri Prasad and all her friends. “I know my mother is watching and guiding me all the time. If it wasn't for the support of all these people, I wouldn't have achieved the success that I have today.” Sonam is currently enrolled in Foundation in Social Science at The University of the South Pacific and is still yet to decide what degree course she will enrol in next year. Back to top
REACHING FOR THE STARS

Someone once truly said that when people are in need, when they are facing a very challenging time in life, and when help seems to be coming from no where then God sends Angels to help and bring happiness to those people in need. This was the case for my family and I.

I am Niteshwar Singh and this is the story about my family and I and how the JP Bayly Trust helped me to achieve my dreams.

The Lautoka Bayly Welfare/Bayly Education started providing my family and I with assistance from 2000. I was still in Primary School and meeting education costs and our day-to-day needs was hard. The JP Bayly Trust helped my sisters and I in all our education needs from Primary School till the end of High School.

In addition to this, they provided us with assistance by way of food, medication and clothes as well as counseled us as to how to achieve more and improve our lives.

With their support I was able to graduate from High School successfully and was fortunate enough to get a scholarship to go to the University of the South Pacific (USP). Although Bayly Welfare didn’t support me financially at USP, Mrs Michael and Radhika always gave me advice and encouraged me to do better.

After completing my studies, I was lucky enough to gain employment with ANZ Bank, Lautoka.

I still remember the day while at work when Mrs. Michael came to the Bank. She didn’t know I was working and when I saw her looking at me, I felt so proud and happy. I know she also felt the same way.

Mrs. Michael and the JP Bayly Trust have played a major role in my life and have become part of our family and I continue to be a part of theirs.

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No Different

All students desire to be educated and have a brighter future, but for some it is just a dream due to the unfortunate circumstances that they live in which is largely driven by poverty. The Bayly Education programme assists these children by providing tuition fees and educational supplies thus allowing their dreams to come true. 

 

Maria Naisoro, a Form 6 student of Ratu Sir Lala Sukuna Memorial School in Nabua is being assisted by the Bayly Education Suva this year. Her family have been on the Bayly Welfare Suva register since 2010.

 

The look on her face when she received her new uniform, books, stationery, bag and shoes made us proud.  She now is just one of the many children in school. Maria hopes to successfully complete her Form 6 this year, and do the JP Bayly Trust proud. "All I needed was a chance and now I have been given that chance to make something of myself."  

 

Picture caption: Maria Naisoro (left) very proudly walking towards Ratu Sir Lala Sukuna Memorial School in Nabua. 

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