The Lord works in mysterious ways. Most parents would do anything to keep their children safe. But what can parents do when their child is sick and requires an urgent cardiac surgery. The parents of a 5 year old have sought help with Samoa Victim Support Group to assist with the travel costs for their son’s operation in New Zealand. Their son is suffering from rheumatic fever and rheumatic heart disease that wasn’t letting his body healthy.
Both parents’ struggle as they both do not have a steady source of income to cater for their sick son’s needs.. A New Zealand Paediatric Cardiologist has confirmed that their child is suffering from acute rheumatic fever and rheumatic heart disease and urgently requires cardiac surgery.
The son was fortunate to be seen by a visiting pediatric cardiologist from New Zealand on 6 October 2016 and the parents were advised that their son’s condition is getting worse day by day and that an urgent cardiac surgery is required.
The parents shed their tears as they tell of how their son loves watching Manu Samoa rugby games, watching cartoons, eating ice cream, candies and loves to play like any other child would love to do. Both have told of how their full of life son has changes slowly to a sick and lifeless boy. “All he does now is just sleeps and cries most of the nights, and says he feels pain in his heart” says the father. The family rarely meets their everyday needs and sometimes relies on their extended family to help with food and medical check-up expenses for their son at the Tupua Tamasese Meaole Hospital Moto’otua. The child and his parents have been at the Hospital for three (3) months now.
The parents pleaded to the Samoa Victim Support Group to help with the daily needs of their child while in hospital as well as to secure a donor to assist with their travel expenses for overseas medical treatment.
On Friday, 21 October 2016 the parents were surprised by the Little Angel’s Foundation visitation, a foundation that caters for the well-being of our vulnerable children. A monetary donation of ST$500.00 was presented to the parents to assist with their passports. More financial assistance is needed for their New Zealand Visa and airfares. Part of the Little Angels Foundation donation included bags of rice, sugar, bucket of crackers, boxes of noodles and twisties and cloths from Samoa Victim Support Group was also presented by the Little Angels Foundation to Angel Isaako and Angel Vitale.
President Siliniu Lina Chang sincerely acknowledges the support from the Little Angles Foundation from New Zealand for remaining true to our partnership. “We are very blessed to have the Little Angels Foundations help in assisting the sick children coming through the Samoa Victim Support Group doors. Sincerest thank you to the Director of the Little Angels for their vision that no matter the circumstances, our children are angels to the foundation. Thank you so much for enabling the Samoa Victim Support Group to help our sick children in need.”
This is the second year in a roll since the Marist College of New Zealand has visited the Campus of Hope, the temporary home to approximately 70 children survivors of violence currently under the care of Samoa Victim Support Group.
More than 20 students and teachers from the Marist College spent four (4) days with the children on Campus, running activities as part of their community service work.
This is the Marist spirit of giving, as the students and teachers self-funded their travel to spend their school break with the children of hope. The students, teachers and the parents fundraised for this trip and have put together educational resources and various goods that were donated to SVSG.
A pallet full of donations was presented on their last day, together with monetary donation of ST10,000.00. This is the Marist spirit of giving, for the less fortunate and the vulnerable in the community.
The children survivors were at ease with the Marist students; there was fellowship, there was love and there were a lot of tears, as the Marist students were overcome with emotion for the magnitude of work required to provide for the children of hope. The children in turn showed their resilience through dancing, singing and playing with their visiting friends as they shared a meal to farewell them.
President of SVSG Siliniu Lina Chang, and an ex-student of the Marist College New Zealand was humbled by the school’s willingness to lend a helping hand. “Thank you so much to the Principal and the Board of Trustee for allowing the continued fellowship between the Marist College New Zealand and the School of Hope, through the annual Marist College Malaga.”
“SVSG and its work will always draw strength from a strong family of supporters who share the heart to give.”
Thank you Marist College for sharing with SVSG the school’s spirit of giving.
While our doors remain open to receive our people requiring support, help and care, the same doors are bringing in those who wish to share their blessings, donating monetary and in kind, to assist with SVSG’s work. This is the love of God, shared through His people.
Over the week, Samoa Victim Support Group has been receiving walk in donors at the Office as well as scheduled visitors to the Campus of Hope.
We had Joe & Jemi McGuire and the children from Queensland Australia, who were in Samoa for a holiday and brought with them reading books and 2 knowledge notebooks for the children of hope. SVSG President thanked the McGuire personally, acknowledging their willingness to share their love with the vulnerable people of Samoa.
Then we had Lilomaiava Andrew & Madeline Fong of Skyview Villas & Accommodation sharing with the children at the Campus of Hope bags of clothes.
These will also assist SVSG with its welfare assistance to the underprivileged families in need of clothes. Thank you Lilomaiava and Madeline for sharing the love with the children at the shelters through this donation.
During the weekend, Pastor Lio and Palolo Paulo & Family from our SVSG Sydney sub-group spend the day with the children at the Campus as part of the family holiday here in Samoa.
They donated sports equipment and other supplies for the children, visited the babies at the Nursery, played games with the older children, fellowship with the children with disabilities and shared lunch with all of them.
“Thank you Cecilia Theodor, SVSG Sydney Director for coordinating the visit and for allowing the members of your family to share their love with the children.”
Siliniu Lina Chang, SVSG President.
President of SVSG Samoa