September 2018 will go down in the history of the Samoa Victim Support Group as the day that sets a pathway, for a more collaborative working relationship with an important partner to SVSG and its child protection work.
It was when the focal government ministry for child protection work in Samoa, the Ministry of Women, Community and Social Development, visited the Campus of Hope at Tuanaimato for the first time since SVSG was established in 2009.
Led by the newly appointed Chief Executive Officer Afamasaga Faauiga Mulitalo, the visit included all the management team such as the Assistant Chief Executive Officers of the Ministry; who walked through the practicality of SVSG’s child protection work for the abused, the neglected and the vulnerable children.
The CEO acknowledged with gratitude the existence of a safe place to support, to help and to care for the abused children of Samoa. According to Afamasaga, “visiting the Campus enabled the Management of the Ministry and myself to appreciate the magnitude of SVSG’s work, and now we are in a much better position to help out, despite the visit being long overdue.”
To the children, Afamasaga appealed to them as a mother, reassuring them that their being at the Campus, is not their fault.
The SVSG President Siliniu Lina Chang thanked the CEO Afamasaga Faauiga Mulitalo and the management team of the Ministry for taking time out to visit the children at the Campus. Says Silliniu, “SVSG has been looking forward to establishing this partnership with the Ministry of Women, Community and Social Development for a long time now, and we are glad at the way things are now progressing for child protection work in Samoa.”
President of SVSG Samoa