Wednesday, August 16, 2006
I was happy to see a picture in the Fiji Times of Dilkusha girls in their bright purple uniforms crossing the new bridge very close to their schools and home. Dilkusha means 'happy heart' and was built many many years ago as an orphanage for girls, their accommodation half-way up a hillside that overlooks the Rewa River. This has been a Methodist church institution and supported over the years with great interest from the Methodist/Uniting Church in Australia. When I was in my 20s I spent a lot of time wtih the Dilkusha girls and staff and they were the ones to teach my how to make roti when I went with them to Colo-i-suva for a camp. I still make rotis shaped like a map of Australia though! And of course, we did live in Shantiniwas one year at the bottom of the hill and our eldest boy, then aged three I think, followed the crocodile line with the littlies from Dilkusha to Davuilevu to the kindergarten run by Lorini Tevi. Three teenage girls lived with us - one went to Derrick Tech, one to Sariswati College, one to Lelean.