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Amar Kumar Forever Grateful

Tears flowed as Amar Kumar recalled how he used to sleep on the streets of Suva for the past four years. Mr Kumar was one of four street beggars fortunate
09 Feb 2015 07:28
Amar Kumar Forever Grateful
Minister for Women, Children and Poverty Alleviation Rosy Akbar (right), with Amar Kumar at the Good Samaritan Inn at Coloi-i-Suva last Friday. Photo: Rama

Tears flowed as Amar Kumar recalled how he used to sleep on the streets of Suva for the past four years.

Mr Kumar was one of four street beggars fortunate to be given a place at the Good Samaritan Inn at Colo-i-Suva last Friday.

The Inn is the new centre for beggars constructed by the Ministry of Women, Children and Poverty Alleviation. It is aimed at empowering and venturing beggars into employment and sustainable livelihood projects.

Mr Kumar, 44, said he was happy and grateful to the Ministry.

“Because of financial problems I only studied up to Year 10 and after that I used to cut cane and do other casual jobs,” Mr Kumar said.

He said because of family disputes he was forced to move out of his own house and have been begging on the streets since then.

“I started begging from a very young age and I have spent the past four years of my life sleeping on the streets; I cannot express how happy I am to finally call this place my home.”

“I used to beg people to give me jobs but nobody came forward to help me so I chose to beg; it was not an easy decision but I was helpless.”

Mr Kumar said he had a 22-year-old son who lived with his grandmother because he wanted him to live a better life.

The Ministry will help those at the Inn venture into farming.

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