In keeping his word to continue providing assistance for the children at the Campus of Hope, the American Samoa Governor and the Patron of the SVSG (American Samoa) Lolo Moliga and his good lady Mrs. Cynthia Malala-Moliga made a generous donation for the children, during their visit to the island this week.
100 x cartons of wahoo were presented to the SVSG President at the main office Apia, to assist with the children’s daily caring.
Last year during the Independence celebration, the Governor and his good lady accompanied the Leone village to the celebration and took time out to visit the Campus for the first time.
The Governor and his good lady were deeply touched by the children’s sincerity and acknowledged the support from the community and from the families in ensuring their safety and wellbeing.
SVSG President Siliniu Lina Chang thanked Governor Lolo and Cynthia for the huge donation to assist with the food supplies for the children at the Campus of Hope. “Thank you Governor and your good lady, the supplies came at the right time and as we go through these severe weather conditions, we are comfortable knowing that the children have."
We live each day to testify on the wonders of journeying together with the God of Miracles. As the theme for this year’s journey for the Samoa Victim Support Group and its family of supporters, we have shared as well as received God’s love.
The families, the supporters, the visitors, the volunteers and even strangers to us, have shared this love. At the Campus of Hope, the children survivors of life’s unfortunate circumstances have been blessed with the love of God, shared by those with the heart to give.
Take Sam Atoa and his family from Utah in America for example. Last week, the children were treated to an early Christmas celebration as they were showered with gifts, each given with a hug and a personal message. Bulk supplies of the food and toiletries were also donated. These will be rationed to provide for the children’s daily needs.
This is Sam Atoa and family’s tradition when in Samoa, sharing the love of God with the community, including a special visit to the children on Campus. Back in 2011, Sam and his children first visited SVSG and donated for the work. Six years now, Sam Atoa and family continue with this tradition of blessing others with what God has blessed their family with.
For the children, their smiles say it all. Through these gifts, the children were reminded that God loves them no matter what.
SVSG President Siliniu Lina Chang acknowledges on behalf of the SVSG Board, Sam Atoa and family for maintaining this tradition. “You first visited and donated for our children in 2011 Sam and since then, you have continued with this tradition in your family every year. Thank you for sharing the love of God with the children at the Campus of Hope.” Siliniu Lina Chang
Roslyn and her grateful mother will make that 2.00pm flight today, Tuesday 9th May 2017, to New Zealand for the emergency medical treatment required for her, thanks to the support of the donors who helped pay for their airfares.
At a total cost of ST2,629.40 for both mother and child to travel to New Zealand, SVSG started work on Monday with only NZD300.00 donation towards this need. We prayed for God’s love and he answered through Kerrie Keen Shoesmith donating NZD1,240.00, Soteria Lauvi Sopoaga Foster NZD300.00 and an anonymous donor NZD53.00. From Kerri Keen, she wished Roslyn well, “This is the balance for little Roslyn and her mum to fly to NZ for her operation NZ940.00. Good luck baby girl, this together with the NZD300 I donated a few days ago hopefully will change your life in a good way. All my love and best wishes.” From Soteria her donations came with a “God be with you” message for Roslyn.
This morning, we collected a total of NZD1,540.00 or ST2,630.25, enough to pay for Roslyn and her mother’s airfares for that 2.00pm flight this afternoon. This is all God’s favor, and we praise Him for always providing for us.
An emotional mother received their return tickets this morning at SVSG’s Office. She spoke of the hardship in trying to get her baby to New Zealand. “I gave up after being turned down numerous times from those whom I have asked for help. Receiving this ticket from SVSG means a chance for Roslyn to live, and I feel the warmth of being a part of the family. This is like a family to Roslyn.” Sofina Neru Tafili, Mother
SVSG President acknowledged the support from Kerrie Keen Shoesmith, Soteria Lauvi Sopoaga Foster and the anonymous donor, all from Australia. “Thank you for coming together at such a short time to help this child and supporting the work of SVSG. We ask that you remember Roslyn in your prayers.” Siliniu Lina Chang.
The outpour of support for the children cared for at the Campus of Hope shelter facilities operated by SVSG continues. The latest being Ms. Bronwen Burfitt of Australia and Tiapapata and her baby who visited the office with supplies for the children, including diapers, formula milk, clothes and stationery materials. The Chairperson and the Board of SVSG acknowledges with thanks the donation from Ms. Burfitt which will greatly assist SVSG with the supplies needed for the babies at the nursery shelter. Thank you Bronwen for staying connected with SVSG.
The Lions Club of Apia continues to support the work of SVSG through donating for the children at the Campus of Hope. During the weekend, members of the Lions Club presented donations of toys, prams and miscellaneous supplies for the children. The Board of SVSG expresses its gratitude to the President and members of the Lions Club of Apia for their commitment to support the work of SVSG. We thank you for being part of our community in looking after our dear children.
To highlight the merciful love of God during the Divine Mercy’s annual celebration this year, the Divine Mercy of the Catholic Church from the Apia Vicariate and the Moamoa Vicariate visited the children at the Campus of Hope during the weekend. This was the first time the Divine Mercy Group had visited the Campus and it was such a blessing to the children as they appreciate the love and support from various members of the community. It was a huge visiting group that added to the excitement of the visit for the children.
Bearing in kind and monetary donations, the Group spent time praying, dancing and fellowship with the children. It brought laughter, love and warmth as the Divine Mercy Group embraced the children and shared with them the merciful love of God.
Leading the Divine Mercy Group was Father Manuele Vito, including Deacon Tulolo & Telesia and Catechist Faatui & Tofatu of the Moamoa Fou Parish, Deacon Avia Misa and Honorable Faimalotoa Kika Ah Kau of the Sinamoga Parish, and members of the Divine Mercy from the Apia Vicariate [Matautu to Vaiusu], and the Central Vicariate at Moamoa Fou.
Food supplies such as taro, cartons of chicken, boxes of noodle and miscellaneous food supplies as well toiletries supplies were donated together with ST1,000 to assist with the daily caring of the children. During the taualuga by the Minister of Women Hon. Faimalotoa, ST900+ was collected and this was added to the Group’s donation for the children.
SVSG President Siliniu Lina Chang thanked the Divine Mercy for including a visit to the Campus of Hope in their charitable activities for this year’s celebration. “This is the first time the Divine Mercy had visited the Campus, and we hope it would not be the last. Looking after our abused and abandoned children is a collective responsibility, and on behalf of the SVSG Board, I thank you for honoring that responsibility.” Siliniu Lina Chang, SVSG President.
We have just published our first newsletter for the year and this is the cover of that newsletter. It is an exciting time for us as we would like to develop this newsletter into a magazine as part of our Girls for Girls Award project.
If you have not received a copy and would like to pick up a copy from our office, please do not hesitate to e-mail email@example.com so that we can ready a copy for you to pick up. Please note that as part of our project we would eventually like to have this self-funded and so those who are not partners for the work of SVSG and seek a copy of the newsletter, there will be a nominal small fee to cover for the publication. Partners who are already on the list and usually receive these newsletters, but for some reason have not received this first edition for the year, please do not hesitate to notify us and we will remedy the situation as soon as possible.
Again thank you for your support and look forward to hearing your input on the issues covered in the newsletter.
Many were starting to wonder, “what happened to the SVSG Juniors, the youth sub-group of Samoa Victim Support Group?” Well wonder no more. On Friday afternoon, the enthusiastic youths that made up the SVSG Juniors took it to the streets of Apia during their first activity for 2017, the Walkathon, from the Malaefatu Playground at Sogi to the Marina at Matautu. The rain did not dampen the spirit of the Team and their supporters as they walked to raise funds for their community-based projects.
The Walkathon was coordinated by the new executive of the SVSG Juniors and we are proud to introduce them for their bravery and commitment to be the future leaders of the SVSG:
President: Carmenita Solaese / Vice: Rahmat Faumui
Secretary: Aiga Malo / Vice: Ianeta Sa’u
Treasurer: Akenese Fonoti / Vice: Vincent Laumoli
Sports Rep: Vailolo Farani and Ken Sonny
Supporting Members: Temukisa Faumui and Nofovaleane Alatupe
The former SVSG Junior President Mr. Nathan Ryan together with their executive members have progressed onto the main SVSG, while the young ones continue with the youth group. Mr. Ryan is mentoring these young volunteers so that they will not lose sight of why they have put up their hands to volunteer.
At the moment there are now thirty members of the SVSG Juniors and it will continue to grow as long as you want to start putting up your hand to engage in your community in a meaningful way. Contact any of these members of the executive or the office to join the Juniors and you are set to go. We welcome you all as you will most likely be the future for the SVSG as young people are fresh and they come with new ideas to improve.
Always remember that this group was not established by experienced older people in the community. It was established by a group of young people fresh out of law school, who did not know anything at the time but only saw pain that they did not think existed in Samoa because of their privilege upbringing. So it was an idea born from young people.
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“God is good, all the time.” This is from Baby Matauaina’s parents as they were today, presented with a cheque and a return ticket for that life-saving mission to New Zealand.
The response to the parents call for help last Friday has been tremendous. Immediately after seeing Baby Matauaina’s story on SVSG Facebook, the Director of the Little Angels Foundation of New Zealand, Mr. Taa Lo Tam called up SVSG to pledge the Foundation covering the air fares for the mother. Soon after, donations specifically for Baby Matauaina from 3 donors in New Zealand were posted on SVSG’s Givealittle page.
At SVSG’s Office today, President Siliniu Lina Chang, on behalf of the generous donors, presented to the grateful parents of Baby Matauaina a return ticket for the mother valued at ST1,343.30 from the Little Angels Foundation, and a cheque of ST519.75 for NZ330.00 from Lisa Sutton, Gaylene Rowe and Fiona Shearing all of New Zealand, donating on SVSG’s Givealittle page.
Baby and her mother will fly off to New Zealand on Tuesday, 11 April at 2.20pm for that emergency operation, thanks to the Little Angels Foundation and the individual donors.
“Thank you for enabling Baby Matauaina a chance to life, through her medical evacuation. As we each prepare ourselves this Holy Week to commemorate the ultimate sacrifice by our Savior Jesus Christ for us all, let us not forget Baby Matauaina in our prayers.” Siliniu Lina Chang, SVSG President
Samoa Victim Support Group’s partnership with the Piula Theological College is inclusive of people with disabilities.
This week, the children cared for at the Campus of Hope were once again hosted by the Principal of the Theological College, the reverends and their wives, during a community engagement activity at Piula, as part of this partnership.
All the children, including our children with disabilities, had the opportunity to be out there in the community, enjoying the fellowship with the reverends and their wives, swimming at the pool, and feeling the love and support of a community.
For our epilepsy children and those confined in wheelchairs, they also got to enjoy this fun activity. They were helped into the pool, sat under the trees and played with the rest of the children. Watching the children open up to others is a step towards regaining lost confidence as we continue with their rehabilitation programs while under our care.
SVSG President and some of the staff and volunteers accompanied the children during this community engagement.
“Thank you so much Reverend Dr. Mosese Mailo, the reverends and your wives for honoring your partnership commitment to supporting the work of SVSG. We wish you well as we commemorate the death and resurrection of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.” Siliniu Lina Chang, SVSG President