When Eric and Margaret (Ma) enrolled in a Married Couples Course at the Tutu Rural Training Centre 25 years ago, they couldn't anticipate how it would change the direction of their lives, and set them on a path of growth for life.
Eric and Ma radiate joy. Their smiles are infectious, their unbreakable bond is plain to see. There's no mistaking it: this happy, healthy couple are in love – after over 30 years of marriage.
Their homeland of Fiji is spectacularly beautiful, but it is not trouble-free. Comprised of more than 300 islands, Fiji has many isolated rural communities, and throughout the country youth unemployment is high, nutritious foods are in short supply, and life expectancy is much lower than in Australia. Yet Eric (53) and Ma (51) are thriving.
Eric and Ma agree that the Married Couples Course they took at the Tutu Rural Training Centre (Tutu) changed the direction of their lives. The centre, which runs courses for people living on the remote northern islands of Fiji, empowered the couple to participate fully in making decisions about their future, so they could find personal fulfilment and grow a sustainable source of food for life.
"The program at Tutu has truly enriched us and opened a new pathway for us where we have been able to prosper safely in life," says Eric.