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How Susau’s Life Turned Around with Corrections’ Leg-up Project

Having been through the Corrections’ rehabilitation programme, Mr Susau proved that he was determined to start afresh given that he has nine children and a wife to look after.
27 Sep 2019 15:47
How Susau’s Life Turned Around with Corrections’ Leg-up Project
Fiji Corrections Service director Rehabilitation Senior Superintendent Salote Panapasa handing assistance items to Mausio Susau under the Poverty Alleviation Allocation. Photo: Maika Bolatiki

The Fiji Corrections Service Poverty Alleviation Project is providing a leg-up for former offenders who want to turn their life around for the better.

One such case is the story of Mausio Susau, a man who has been in and out of the corrections facility because of theft and robbery-related convictions.

Having been through the Corrections’ rehabilitation programme, Mr Susau proved that he was determined to start afresh given that he has nine children and a wife to look after.

Fiji Corrections director Rehabilitation Senior Superintendent Salote Panapasa said under the project they bought $1200 worth of groceries and a freezer worth $749 to assist Mr Susau.

From here, Mr Susau managed to start a small canteen in his neighbourhood.

Beginnings

But before this, Mr Susau did odd jobs such as gardening and cleaning.

From the money he could spare from his earnings after expenses, he bought a sack of cassava worth $25, peeled it and sold it in packs to add on to his earnings.

It was here, that the Corrections saw the need to pitch in to help the man who was clearly trying his best to turn his life around.

“I sold my cassava at $5 to $10 per plastic,” he said.

When his supply went down he said he placed his order again to his supplier in Taveuni.

Assessment

Senior Superintendent Panapasa said Mr Susau who was brought up in a crime-prone area was in and out of prison about six times.

He was released in 2000 after completing a 30 months imprisonment term for restaurant breaking and robbery with violence.

Following this he settled down and moved out of his parents’ house in Nadera to an informal settlement in Nabua to start his family.

The report which the Corrections received as part of the assessment for Mr Susau to receive the assistance was favourable hence the assistance was granted.

These days, you will find Mr Susau with his family of ten in Nabua operating the modest but busy canteen.

Mausio Susau (left) with his wife, Magirita Susau (right) and their children at their flower garden. Photo: Maika Bolatiki

Mausio Susau (left) with his wife, Magirita Susau (right) and their children at their flower garden.
Photo: Maika Bolatiki

Beside their house is a well-manicured garden which his wife, Magirita Faye Susau, started to help the family more in terms of finance.

Mrs Susau sells the flowers at the Suva Civic Centre every month.

The project is being monitored on a monthly basis.

Edited by Ranoba Baoa

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