Ainul Nisha, 59, was overjoyed watching her two granddaughters playing in the compound outside their home at Nawaicoba in Nadi yesterday.
On December 1, she had advised her daughter Zaireen Nisha, 23, to collect a voucher from the Muslim League branch in Nadi and to take her two daughters Zureena, 4, and Zoya Nisha, 6, with her along to the café.
They did not return that evening, so Ms Nisha called her daughter a couple of times by phone, with no response.
“The three returned home on New Year’s Eve and we are happy to reunite once again,” she said.
Her daughter Zaireen said they were not able to get a voucher so in search of some help she took the two children to Loloma Home Care Centre in Sabeto where they took shelter for some time.
“We were connected through my sister on Facebook and we returned home on New Year’s Eve,” said Zaireen who has been divorced since 2013.
“We needed assistance because this year I will be sending my two children to school,” she said.
Police spokesperson Inspector Jokatama Qio has advised parents to take more responsibility towards those under their care.
“As we head into the New Year parents must be more aware and take responsibility for their actions. We are getting closer to the beginning of the new school year so parents have to be more careful,” Inspector Qio said.
“Security of our children should be their main priority. It’s the responsibility of parents who should not be occupied with other commitments.”