Samubula Old People’s Home is a loving environment for ‘elderly orphans’. Many have no family support and rely on the support of volunteers for any luxuries.
The Golden Oldies team spent time learning about the residents lives, some having lived here for over 20-years, the oldest being 99 years. Others are here hoping they can get sponsorship for specialist operations like heart by-pass, possibly in Australia.
Diabetes is the biggest issue in Fiji and amputations occurring regularly and this was evident as we walked around the WW2 army barracks where everyone live.
The over-stretched nurses work long ours with minimal medical equipment and resources, yet the ‘homes’ were happy and peaceful, and it was another humbling experience for the team.
Friday, the team are running a range of ‘Workshops for Life’ with over 100 people coming along.
[We also remember and pray for our team member Mel, who after returning to NZ farewells her son this afternoon, Friday. We know the Archer family and many friends are supporting her and the family at this time. Thomas returned the following day, travelling for 18-hours and arrived back 10pm Wednesday night. He was back on the mission trips Thursday morning, much to the delight of the team.]
Thanks Graeme for all your wonderful messages and pictures. I have followed you all each day with many fond memories. Congratulations to Moses, wonder if he found any Indian music?? I can’t help thinking of the retirement home you visited and compare it with NZ’s Look forward to news on the workshops,\. Can’t wait until Oct to hear Norma’s comments at AAW Conference
I’m sure Mel and her family will be enfolded in the love and prayers of many.
Greetings to old friends may your last few days of relaxation and reflection be beneficial Love and God bless you all Jill