Children of Hope reverberates ‘Mama Linas’ name in their hearts.
This was the testimony by Ms Kaylin Miller, who is a third year student at Loma Linda University, California. Ms Miller is currently studying for a Doctorate of Psychology.
While observing and assisting children at the School of Hope for two months, she shared about the constant referral by the children to Mama Lina, “We love Mama Lina; or Mama Lina is coming to see us.” ‘Mama Lina’ is what the children of hope called the President of Samoa Victim Support Group, Siliniu Lina Chang.
Ms Miller was amazed, “this was something I never experienced before, witnessing children longing for that “motherly love” all the time”.
“I know that I may be growing up in the States where love should be prioritized all the time, but hey, this is the first time I’ve felt the warmth of such love shared by these children through the guidance of “Mama Lina”, says Ms Miller.
Ms Miller was helping as a teacher aide at the School of Hope, and her psychology background was obvious as she dealt with each child with patient and encouragement.
And Ms. Miller has promised to return. “I will come back and work at SVSG.” In the meantime, Ms Miller is now ready to be one of SVSG’s ambassador in California, to raise awareness about SVSG’s work for the abused children and the need for assistance.
“I will take these memories with me while returning to my hometown and share it with my family, classmates and also tutors at Loma Linda University,” she concluded.
President of SVSG Samoa