Having holidayed often in Fiji, Mia and Michael Coombs found their affection and love of the islands growing with each visit and exploration. After visiting the commercial parts of the island, they found themselves moved by the condition with which the children lived in the most poverty-stricken areas. Many children and their families were unable to provide for their most basic human needs—ample food and nutrition, sufficient shelter and access to education. 

Compelled to provide for these children, Mia and Michael set out to create a charity that improved the children’s quality of life through food, shelter and education. They reached out to John McGrath and with help from Lote Tuqiri, were led to Father Joe Tuimavule, parish priest of Saint Anthony’s Parish in Marsfield NSW. Together they formed the Father Joe Foundation to benefit the children of St. Vincent College Natovi. 

Today, Michael works with Father Joe and the team at St. Vincent College catering to the needs of 450 children. They range in age between 5 and 18 years old. Many of the students’ families live either on the outer islands or the interior highlands, and most struggle to pay the school fees, which total less than $500 per year. The school and children are in very great need for donations to provide for food, furniture, school supplies and facility maintenance. 

Please donate today to help the work of Michael, Father Joe and their team in bringing positive change for a better today and tomorrow for each of these disadvantaged children

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