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2019 Fiji Sun Person Of The Year 3: ‘Mother Teresa’ Nadi Touches People’s Hearts

They call her in Nadi as “Mother Teresa”. Adi Laite Kubunadakai’s acts of charity have captured the hearts of ordinary people in the jet-set town. While she says she can’t
31 Dec 2019 16:22
2019 Fiji Sun Person Of The Year 3: ‘Mother Teresa’ Nadi Touches People’s Hearts
Loloma Home director Adi Laite Kubunadakai. Photo: Waisea Nasokia

They call her in Nadi as “Mother Teresa”.

Adi Laite Kubunadakai’s acts of charity have captured the hearts of ordinary people in the jet-set town.

While she says she can’t be compared to the famous Catholic nun, she tries to emulate her example.

She believes in Mother Teresa’s sayings like:

ν Spread love everywhere you go. Let no one ever come to you without leaving happier;

ν If you judge people, you have no time to love them;

ν Let us always meet each other with smile, for the smile is the beginning of love; and

ν Kind words can be short and easy to speak, but their echoes are truly endless

These are some of the values that Adi Laite treasures.

She is the director and founder of Loloma Home and Care Centre in Sabeto, Nadi. Since June 2009, over 500 single mothers have been assisted at the centre. She is one person that is never tired of trying to do good. She believes the centre fulfills a need to cater for women and children who are looking for care and love. The centre helps single mums and children integrate back into society.

Some are victims of domestic violence or family breakdown. The problems highlight the various social issues that plague our communities. She believes if these women are left without assistance they could be pushed to the brink, even prostitution.

Since its establishment with the help of donors locally and overseas, the centre has helped more than 500 women and the number will continue to increase, she says.

Right now, there are 13 mothers and 16 children. The youngest mum is 23 and the oldest 60.

The youngest child is a three-year-old while the eldest is 17.

The centre caters for referrals from the Ministry of Women, Children and Social Welfare, Women’s Crisis Centre, and the Police.

She says they receive food and clothes donations from kind people and organisations.

“When there is a surplus we would pass them on to our neighbours.”

“We will never sell them,” she says.

The centre is a registered Trust which owns a total of 11 acres. We are waiting for a donor to build more accommodation,” she says.

“I am overjoyed with the donations received over this year. We are more than grateful for the support and appreciate all those who have contributed.

“We have come a long way and we are moving ahead with the help of these donors. We thank God for His provision,” she added.

She was raised as a Catholic but has joined the Assembly of God (AOG) Church and daily worship is a norm at the home.

Adi Laite was born in Naloto, Ba, but has traditional links to Nabutautau, in Navatusila, Navosa.

She attended Naloto District School before moving to Xavier College in Ba for her secondary education. She was the lone Fijian student that year to enroll at the South Pacific Commission training Centre in Narere, through government funding from 1983 -1985.

“There I learnt about women and community service skills,” she said.

She joined the Ministry of Youth and was posted as the Executive Youth Coordinator in the Ba Province. She looked after 107 villages and registered them under the programme.

In 2005, Adi Laite set up her own community awareness programme, known as Kubunadakai Counselling and Community Service and Development.

“I discovered in that programme and my research that there was no place for these unfortunate women and children.

“It sparked an idea and gave birth to my vision to set up a home/centre.”

Personally, she is a generous person and has helped so many people.

When she was a child and growing up as a young woman, she was known for sharing everything she had including her comb, spray, gel and even food with neighbours who could not afford them.

Giving must be in her genes because it comes naturally to her.

Edited by Nemani Delaibatiki

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