Families and friends of close to 40 graduates of the Tina Faufautua Advocacy Program crowded the Travellers Point to congratulate their grandmothers, mothers and aunties, who have successfully completed Court ordered counseling programs with Samoa Victim Support Group.
In attendance also were Hon. Laaulialemalietoa Leuatea Polataivao, Justice Vui Clarence Nelson, Justice Tafaoimalo Leilani Tuala-Warren, Judge Talasa Atoa-Saaga and the Chief Executive Officer of the Ministry of Justice, Papalii John Taimalelagi Afele, who was the guest speaker for the night.
Reverend Elder Taipisia Leilua of the Malua Theological College officiated the opening prayer, referring to the Book of Esther and how this Jewish woman risked own life to save the lives of her people. Such is the support work carried out by SVSG through counseling programs for the women offenders of violence referred from the Courts and have graduated on the night.
The CEO of the Ministry of Justice acknowledged the assistance from SVSG in supporting the work of the Family Court, through working with the women offenders of violence.
Speaking on behalf of SVSG, Hon. Tuisugaletaua Sofara Aveau, SVSG Patron paid tribute to the recognition by the Courts of SVSG’s counseling programs. The attendance by the members of the Judiciary on the night attest to the valued partnership established with the Ministry in addressing family violence.
For the graduating mothers, the champions of violence in the homes, they received certificates, special awards and gifts courtesy of our generous sponsors namely Aumua and Fiti Leung Wai of the Samoa Stationery & Books, donating gift bags, school bags and accessories; Molioo Pio and Mulipola Anarosa Molioo of the Western Union Money Transfer donating pens and key rings; Magele Frankie Ah Kau and staff of the Pacific Ezy Money Transfer donating cooler bags, caps and key rings and Bluesky Samoa donating rugby balls and bags. For the venue, the Board acknowledges the sponsorship by Tuala & Sarona Ponifasio of the Travellers Point, which sets a family atmosphere for the occasion.
Faafetai, Faafetai, Faafetai tele lava
President of SVSG Samoa