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‘Prayers Answered’

I feel like a baby, getting back on my feet and starting to walk again, said an emotional Naresh Kumar, 52, yesterday when his prayers were answered by the Ministry
25 Jun 2015 13:21
‘Prayers  Answered’
Minister for Women, Children and Poverty Alleviation Rosy Akbar hands over a new bean cart to Naresh Kumar yesterday. Photo: Ronald Kumar

I feel like a baby, getting back on my feet and starting to walk again, said an emotional Naresh Kumar, 52, yesterday when his prayers were answered by the Ministry of Women, Children and Poverty Alleviation.

The ministry gave Mr Kumar a bean cart after the Fiji Sun highlighted his plight last month.

Mr Kumar’s only source of income was snatched from him when his bean cart at Makoi, Nasinu, was dismantled by a group of men.

Through this, he sought assistance and his prayers were answered when a good Samaritan, a Fijian citizen in Australia, donated to bean cart to the ministry to assist him.

The new bean cart worth $550 was handed over to him yesterday afternoon.

“The ministry commends the generosity shown by the good Samaritan,” Mrs Akbar said.

“He has shown that compassionate heart and helping hand will go a long way in creating positive changes in the society.”

The assistance came about in recognition of the ministry’s perseverance to reach out to people and help them become self reliance.

“Naresh’s bean cart was damaged by some thugs who have no value for hard work and we are grateful for Naresh that he sought assistance from us,” Mrs Akbar said.

“Although he did not want any social welfare assistance, we are glad to be able to provide him with the means of earning his own income.”

Together with the bean cart, the ministry will give him $200 worth of goods to get started.

Overwhelmed with assistance, Mr Kumar thanked the ministry and the humble man who contributed towards arranging the bean cart for him.

“I was really worried when my bean cart was damaged in April and I was looking for someone to help me,” he said.

“I sold packets of beans, bhajiya and other Indian sweets to earn my living and getting the new bean cart has eased my struggles.

“I feel so happy to be able to get back on my feet and start earning again.

“Even at this age I believe in hard work.”

Feedback: farisha.ahmed@fijisun.com.fj

 



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