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Atelaite Koto And Sons Grateful For Assistance

After her parents passed away, Ms Koto and her boys lived with a number of relatives. She no longer wanted to be a burden to them and decided to build a shed at Togomasi, Dratabu in Nadi - enough to shelter them from the elements.
19 May 2019 11:34
Atelaite Koto And Sons Grateful For Assistance
Atelaite Koto and her two sons, Graham Woods (right) and Jimilai Kani at their home in Togomasi at Dratabu Village in Nadi on May 18, 2019. Photo: Nicolette Chambers

Atelaite Koto and her sons, Graham Woods and Jimilai Kani were touched by the numerous assistance they’ve received from members of the public.

This was after an article about their plight was published in the Fiji Sun on May 16, 2019 titled ‘Single Mum Builds Own Shed To Shelter Her Two Children.’

After her parents passed away, Ms Koto and her boys lived with a number of relatives.  She no longer wanted to be a burden to them and decided to build a shed at Togomasi, Dratabu in Nadi – enough to shelter them from the elements.

The story caught the attention of readers both here and abroad. Many stepped forward to assist.

Suva residents traveled to Nadi to help them.

“People came to visit us in the past few days and some of them offered a house for us, offered me a job to work for them but I told them I will make up my mind when we finally decide where to live,” she said.

“Some gave money and some also brought pillows and blankets for us. My children are equally happy as I am with the assistance.

“They asked me ‘Mum, when are they going to come back’?”

While the outpouring of assistance has been overwhelming, the thought of previously living in the bush surrounded by trees still haunts Ms Koto.

“Before I made this shed for us, we lived in the bush, no roof above our heads, just a blanket on the grass and we slept like that under the tree. We stayed like that for about a month,” she said.

“When it’s cold in the night and since it’s only the three of us, we just hug each other tightly to keep each other warm. Even when it rains, we get wet while sleeping but what can we do?”

Regarding the father of her children, Ms Koto said he was least bothered assist or help them.

“We were always supporting ourselves, the father of my children just comes and goes, never was there a time to come and sit down with the boys and talk to them,” she said.

“So, when people come into our lives and walk out again, it doesn’t affect me because from the beginning we are the ones supporting each other and ourselves.”

She said her children constantly reminded of one message: “If people help us one day, then that is good because you can’t do this alone,” she said.

Edited by Rosi Doviverata

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