For his birthday this year in October, the Chargé d’Affaires, Antone (Tony) Greubel of the US Embassy Apia did an unselfish act in supporting a cause close to his heart. He bought ST2,600 worth of Enfamil Infant Formula for the babies cared for at the Campus of Hope shelter facility operated by Samoa Victim Support Group. The babies are either abandoned, neglected or born of victims of incest rape.
It took one visit at the Campus for Tony, but it was enough for him to know that he wants nothing but the best for the children residence there.
When Tony presented the 6 x 6 boxes of Enfamil to the SVSG Office for the babies, he smiled and explained that “Enfamil remains the number one brand recommended by pediatricians for babies, and it is manufactured in my hometown, Evansville Indiana.”
Included in the donation were 10 cases of Aloha Maid soft drinks courtesy of the SAMPAC Limited.
The SVSG Patron Hon. Tuisugaletaua Sofara Aveau received the donation and thanked Tony for continuing to support the work of SVSG. “We thank you for thinking about us and the children of hope during this special occasion.”
Over the years, the US Embassy Apia has been one of the valued supporters of our work. It started with the first ever recognition of SVSG’s work in 2012 by the US Government Global Women’s Initiative through the Woman of Courage Award. Then thereafter, further support included Peace Corps volunteers assisgned to assist with the staff shortage; funding to support trainings for the SVSG village representatives in the general conduct of support work in the community; awareness campaigns to end violence against women; with the current one being the removing of child vendors from the streets during school hours and into the classrooms.