NATION

Telecom Lends Disabled Prasad A Helping Hand

Telecom Fiji Limited recently provided assistance to a disabled man who has been fending for himself for the past 19 years. Jiten Prasad has been living alone in a one-bedroom
06 May 2015 12:07
Telecom Lends Disabled Prasad A Helping Hand

Telecom Fiji Limited recently provided assistance to a disabled man who has been fending for himself for the past 19 years.

Jiten Prasad has been living alone in a one-bedroom house at Urata Settlement, in Bulileka, Labasa with no electricity, a borehole as a source of water, and sometimes begs or seeks assistance from neighbours and friends.

The company decided to step in and help Mr Prasad as part of TFL’s internal strategy and corporate social responsibility.

The TFL team in Labasa cleared the overgrown tract towards Mr Prasad’s house before cleaning his compound, its surrounding areas and inside his house. Basic necessities were donated by the TFL staff members.

TFL North accounts manager Setareki Daulako said: “TFL plans to continue to offer its assistance further with the collaboration of donor agencies to the less fortunate in the community.

“This is also about giving a fresh new lease of life, a smiling face and happy tears to the neglected in our society.”

Mr Prasad said: “I am very happy that this team from TFL was very kind to cleanup my compound and donate basic necessities to me.

“I hope Government can help me with basic necessities like proper water facility, toilet and bathroom facilities. Also a better walkway or driveway because here I have to go through the neighbour’s compound to get to the main road and its very rugged.”

Mr Prasad’s knee joints are weak and at times he would crawl around to attend to things or chores. He is a former student of the Labasa School for the Handicapped and is also a social welfare recipient.

“My father died after I was born and mother brought me here when I was young but then she died 10 years ago,” he said.

“I have an older brother who lives in Suva, who supports me at times and an older sister who is married and lives in Labasa as well. I cook my own meals using my small gas stove. A taxi driver, who is my friend, normally helps me out with the supply of my groceries and transporting me to town.

“I use a pit toilet. I use a borehole to source water from for cleaning and drinking.”

He only begs when he runs out of food supply or when there is no one available to support him.

Feedback: maraia.vula@fijisun.com.fj

 



5square-mothersday


Get updates from the Fiji Sun, handpicked and delivered to your inbox.


By entering your email address you're giving us permission to send you news and offers. You can opt-out at any time.


Fiji Sun Instagram
Subscribe-to-Newspaper