She has been following the work of Samoa Victim Support Group for some time now on Facebook and related well to the unjust that is happening to the abused women and children in Samoa.
With the heart to support and the belief in the work of the Group, Vanessa Voigt, a New Zealander Youth Worker now residing in Sydney with her Samoan husband and 2 sons, pledged to support Samoa Victim Support Group. On 12 February at Statement Hair Design in Canley Valey, Sydney Australia, Vanessa shaved off all her hair to raise funds for SVSG.
The event was attended by Vanessa’s husband, sons and SVSG Sydney volunteers. Approximately ST6,000 was raised by the brave shave initiative by Vanessa. The lack of resources and funding to support SVSG in providing care and shelter assistance for women, babies and children who are victims of violence was what drove Vanessa to carry out such a brave act.
“I myself was abused and was fortunate enough to receive great support from family and services. I want victims who go to SVSG to get the same support I received to help them on a path of healing”, Vanessa Voigt.
According to Vanessa, “the event was not only to raise money for SVSG, but to raise awareness about a great organization that I believe in.” And this is the beginning of Vanessa and family’s support for the work of SVSG. The family is planning to spend 3 months in Samoa later this year to volunteer at the shelter.
“Thank you so much Vanessa for the heart to support and the belief in the work of SVSG. We put in a considerable amount of work to provide for our people in need, but we always draw strength from the support of the community.” Siliniu Lina Chang.
Greetings to SVSG supporters, families and friends
I trust that this note finds you and your families well as we've come to the end of another week.
As you are aware, SVSG has been involved in a court case brought against the Group for the work that we do. It was a case that challenged us as individuals and as a Group. However, we persevered and today's verdict was sweet success, when all charges against me were dismissed. Thank you to all of SVSG's supporters, families and friends for your belief and for continuing with us in faith.
Now that we have weathered this storm, we will continue with the work required of us for our people.
Once again, thank you and God bless.
Awareness on parenting, child abuse and information on ho
w a protection order is issued by the court are the topics of a seminar in Asau, yesterday.
It is a blessing, presenting to our people the importance of good parenting for the sake of our children, the future of our families and the safeguard of our community.
The importance of a protection order within the context of the family court.
This awareness was funded by UNICEF through the Ministry of Women.
This is what we encountered yesterday. Sad and confused of how a sister in law beat up a nephew so badly.
The parents of the nephew were very angry and approached our office for couselling, however they do not want to lodge
A complaint, for the sister in law is the eldest brother's wife.
Talk about respect!!
The day you think that everything is going well and ................
This is the norm for us, we have to be strong and keep on working, for you just do not know how worse is the next one.
Thank you to everyone for the support for our work especially your prayers.
Our angels being a part of the celebration of the statue of our Blessed Mary. Such a beautiful and cherished day for everyone.
The Little Angels Committee from NZ partnering with SVSG in providing assistance to our sick and unfortunate children. "Every child is a blessing, and no matter the circumstances, our children are angels to the Little Angels Foundation" stated Taa, the Director of the Foundation.
The girls are well equipped to look after themselves. This is them showing their homely skills. By the time they leave the Campus, they are ready to serve.
A peep into one of the activities by the girls. This is part of their home economics training. We try to equip them with knowledge to empower them when meeting the outside world.
Our girls have been sewing colourful floor mats as part of their home economics. They will be using some for their houses as well as selling some for $5.00 each.
President of SVSG Samoa