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Granny Struggles To Care For Grandaughter

Shaiba, a Nadi Special School Year 4 student, suffered a dreadful disease when she was nine months old and it has affected her ability to hear and speaking abilities.
16 Apr 2019 14:24
Granny Struggles To Care For Grandaughter
Shaiba Nuraiya Faradth and Samsun Nisha (grandmother), at Nadi Special School on April 12, 2019. Photo: Mereleki Nai

Despite her granddaughter Shaiba Nuraiya Far­adth’s condition, Samsun Nisha manages her monthly social welfare money to take care of her.

Shaiba, a Nadi Special School Year 4 student, suffered a dreadful disease when she was nine months old and it has affected her ability to hear and speaking abilities.

Life has not been good for the 12-year-old after her parent was separated, but the generosity of her grand­mother Samsun, who faces all challenges to take care of her, is what keeps her going.

The Fiji Sun News team spotted the two during the Down Syndrome and Autism Celebration at Nadi Spe­cial School that was officiated by the Minister of Edu­cation, Rosy Akbar.

Mrs Nisha shared challenging stories about the strug­gles she endured to take care of her family.

“I brought my granddaughter from Suva because of the state she was in. At a Hilton Special School in Suva I learnt that she was being looked after by a teacher who fed and look after her every day. I am really thank­ful to this teacher for looking after her,” she said.

“My son got married again and I decided to bring her to Nadi and look after her. I had a daughter who left school and hasn’t got a job yet.

“Our life every day is managed by the social welfare money I received every month. For most of our needs we depend on God. At times life was not always easy for us, but I always make an effort every day that my granddaughter is properly fed and well looked after.”

Edited by Epineri Vula

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