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Single Mum Builds Own Shed To Shelter Her Two Children

After the death of her parents, she and her children went around living with other family members, but she felt they had became a burden to them, so they chose to live by themselves.
16 May 2019 13:41
Single Mum Builds Own Shed To Shelter Her Two Children
From left: Graham Woods, Atelaite Koto and Jimilai Kani at Togomasi in Dratabu, Nadi, on May 14, 2019. Photo: Nicolette Chambers

A single mother and her two children are living in a makeshift shed because she did not want to burden her own family members.

Atelaite Koto, 36, is originally from Matuku in Lau and lives with her two sons, Graham Woods, 8, and Jimilai Kani, 6, in a makeshift home that she built in Togomasi at Dratabu, Nadi.

After the death of her parents, she and her children went around living with other family members, but she felt they had became a burden to them, so they chose to live by themselves.

“I prefer to stay here with my kids than living with other family members whom I felt they thought we were becoming a burden to them,” Ms Koto said.

“Before we used to stay with my parents and both of them passed away. Life was not easy after they have gone because they were the only ones who take care of us.”

She came to live with her cousin and asked him for space on his field to build a makeshift tent. For days they lived in the makeshift tent and then she decided to use some loose bamboo and some roofing iron to build a shed.

“I met young man on the road and I asked him to help me build the shed. With his help the shed was built and now I am happy that we live on our own. My children are adapted to the struggles that we go through,” she said.

“We learn to endure the difficulties and struggles and not to rely on others. I enjoy life with my two children and I never regret having them in my life even though I cannot provide them with what other children have.

But I give them my love and never leave them alone. I always take them wherever I go.”

Ms Koto said the social welfare money she receives helps them sustain their daily livelihood.

She is hoping to find a job soon so that she can send her two children to school.

Edited by Naisa Koroi

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