The parents of 4-months old Baby Matauaina is in an anxiety state as their child’s life depends on a Good Samaritan who could pay for her airfares to New Zealand for medical treatment.
The child is suffering from a congenital heart disease and has been admitted in the Intensive Care Unit of the National Hospital since early March 2017.
The government is covering all the medical treatment in New Zealand while the family has to pay for the travel expenses. With the father being the only breadwinner in the family, the parents are running against time as the urgency of Baby Matauaina’s condition requires her to undergo an operation as soon as possible. As such, they have approached Samoa Victim Support Group for help. SVSG is now advocating for support for Baby Matauaina.
To our family of supporters out there, please help us save this child. The mother and her child needs USD1,000 for airfares to New Zealand.
If you wish to donate for Baby Matauaina’s medical evacuation, please do so through SVSG’s Givealittle page on SVSG’s website.
Thank you and God bless!
Four children ages 13 – 15 have suffered physical and sexual abuse in the homes and at school, as reported to Samoa Victim Support Group within a period of one week. Three of the four children are now under court Protection Orders and as minor, SVSG has to apply for court protection on their behalf. SVSG became their voice.
For the physically abused children, severe injuries were sustained. For the sisters who were sexually abused from within the homes, the injuries run deeper, and a cause for great concern. Three of the children are now under SVSG’s shelter care including the two sisters. Counseling are provided while the case is with the Police.
In all the 4 cases, it was not the children who reported the matter to SVSG simply because they were afraid, but those outside of the family who showed that they care. A Principal who could have turned a blind eye to visible signs of abuse on one of his students; a Church Minister who saw injuries on a child being abused by not just one but three teachers from a College; and an SVSG village representative who could have minded his own business yet was suspicious of 2 young girls, once so vibrant and full of life, yet seem withdrawn and lost. Strangers became the voice for these abused children when they referred the cases to SVSG for assistance.
As the voice of the voiceless, SVSG has to heard against all the noise and pressure to hide what happened to these children as it refers all the cases to Police and further to the Court when applying for Protection Orders. And SVSG would not have been able to become the voice of the abused children without the members of community who made that initial call. Thank you for being responsible citizens.
SVSG President therefore appeals to members of the public to work together with us in protecting our children. “Please, we are just a phone call away. Our 24-hour Help Line is free. Call 800-7874 or our office phone on 25392.” Siliniu Lina Chang
They are running a supper run today where every food purchase of AUD $20.00 made, AUD $5.00 of that money goes into their project of building the house of strength. It is always a blessing to see that as far as Melbourne in Australia our Samoan people care about what happens to Samoa and those in Samoa. The house of strength is meant to be a building in the campus of hope at Tuanaimato in Samoa. The Board of SVSG appreciates the commitment of SVSG Melbourne and their dedication to this long term goal.
Pacific Eats a family operated restaurant in Melbourne decided that on 18 March 2017 they would contribute to helping out SVSG by helping our Melbourne group on their supper run. With their smiling face the family of Pacific Eats donned SVSG shirts to show their support of SVSG. To thank this family we call on all our supporters, friends and members to keep this restaurant in mind when in Melbourne. Thank you Pacific Eats.
Their smile says it all, as Pamela Andrewartha and Raelene Granthon received their Certificate of Recognition for being ‘Outstanding Volunteers’ with Samoa Victim Support Group. And these two childhood friends from Canberra and South Australia have a reason to be all smiles, as they are the first ever volunteers with SVSG to have received such honorary recognition, and well deserved one at that.
Proud in their flora locally made dresses, Pamela and Raelene shared with SVSG on why they kept coming back to help out at the Campus of Hope; Pamela being her third time and Raelene’s second time. Says Pamela, “I remembered when I first came in 2015, and how I was put on the spot from the start, that this is Samoa, not Australia. I did not realize the relevance of that reminder until I worked at the nursery shelter, and seeing the marvelous job these people were doing with the meager resources they have. Simply amazing!”
After 6 weeks of volunteering at the Campus, with all their expenses self-funded, our honorary volunteers are not calling it quits yet. Despite their age and the difficulty of travelling, they are willing to continue with their support, if not here in Samoa, then in Australia through hosting members of SVSG when they visit.
This is the extent of the growth of the SVSG Family, as Pamela and Raelene have become the latest addition. Pamela has sealed her membership further with a tattoo.
SVSG President acknowledges on behalf of the Patron, the hearts of these ladies to volunteer for SVSG. “As the first ever volunteers to be recognized for ‘Outstanding Volunteer’ work, you should be proud of yourselves, just like how we are proud of you both.” Siliniu Lina Chang.
Pamela and Raelene will return home to Australia on Saturday, but they will always be remembered as the ladies with the hearts.
Samoa Victim Support Group is celebrating International Women’s Day 2017 by honoring the ‘Empowered Women’ the Champions of Family Violence in Samoa.
As part of a 2-year project with UN Women Fund for Gender Equality (FGE), SVSG through its village representatives is working with village and church leaders, to gauge support for the economic empowerment of women, with specific focus on Nofotane Women.
The Project targets 5,000 unemployed women to be trained on income generating skills with the aim to ensure sustainable self-employment for 500 of these women.
Through previous projects, SVSG had empowered women survivors of violence with disabilities in Upolu and Savaii, with livelihood skills now enabling them to be self-sufficient, through income earned from their small business activities.
As the world celebrates International Women’s Day 2017, SVSG President Siliniu Lina Chang congratulates all the women of Samoa, especially women survivors of violence and women at risk, who have been economically empowered through its program.
“Thank you to UN Women FGE for financially supporting SVSG’s work to empower the women of Samoa through skills development. They are the Champions among us, and are congratulated for their bravery.” Siliniu Lina Chang
Happy International Women’s Day to the Empowered Women of Samoa.
Dear Members, Friends and Supporters
A new partner has joined Samoa Victim Support Group in its work with the community. The Bahai Church with its members visited the SVSG Campus of Hope with food supplies for the children as well as monetary contribution for the upkeep of the children within the Campus, marking the beginning of partnership with SVSG/
The Board of SVSG expresses its gratitude to members of the Bahai Church in Samoa for their thoughtful visit of the children and their kind donations with the work of SVSG.
We thank you again for been part of our community in looking after our very special children.
As one of our projects for the girls as per the ‘With and for Girls Award’ is to improve our engagement with young ladies of our community through our newsletter, facebook and other forms of social media, our Office has decided to consult you on what you would like to see improved on our current forms of communications, and any other suggestions in the utilising of other methods of social media to engage your interest on our work and issues we continue to face.
We welcome your input either through direct discussions using the messenger on our facebook or e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
From your office staff in Samoa
Families and friends of close to 40 graduates of the Tina Faufautua Advocacy Program crowded the Travellers Point to congratulate their grandmothers, mothers and aunties, who have successfully completed Court ordered counseling programs with Samoa Victim Support Group.
In attendance also were Hon. Laaulialemalietoa Leuatea Polataivao, Justice Vui Clarence Nelson, Justice Tafaoimalo Leilani Tuala-Warren, Judge Talasa Atoa-Saaga and the Chief Executive Officer of the Ministry of Justice, Papalii John Taimalelagi Afele, who was the guest speaker for the night.
Reverend Elder Taipisia Leilua of the Malua Theological College officiated the opening prayer, referring to the Book of Esther and how this Jewish woman risked own life to save the lives of her people. Such is the support work carried out by SVSG through counseling programs for the women offenders of violence referred from the Courts and have graduated on the night.
The CEO of the Ministry of Justice acknowledged the assistance from SVSG in supporting the work of the Family Court, through working with the women offenders of violence.
Speaking on behalf of SVSG, Hon. Tuisugaletaua Sofara Aveau, SVSG Patron paid tribute to the recognition by the Courts of SVSG’s counseling programs. The attendance by the members of the Judiciary on the night attest to the valued partnership established with the Ministry in addressing family violence.
For the graduating mothers, the champions of violence in the homes, they received certificates, special awards and gifts courtesy of our generous sponsors namely Aumua and Fiti Leung Wai of the Samoa Stationery & Books, donating gift bags, school bags and accessories; Molioo Pio and Mulipola Anarosa Molioo of the Western Union Money Transfer donating pens and key rings; Magele Frankie Ah Kau and staff of the Pacific Ezy Money Transfer donating cooler bags, caps and key rings and Bluesky Samoa donating rugby balls and bags. For the venue, the Board acknowledges the sponsorship by Tuala & Sarona Ponifasio of the Travellers Point, which sets a family atmosphere for the occasion.
Faafetai, Faafetai, Faafetai tele lava
On 25 February 2017, President Pulotu Lyndon Chu Ling and his congregation of the Church of Jesus Christ of the Latter Day Saints kindly gave up some of their time during the weekend to attend to the Campus of Hope.
They attended to cleaning the outdoor area of the compound as well as gifted various items including food for the children.
We thank President Pulotu and his congregation for this wonderful donation in not only your time but also the items collected from various members of your congregation.
SVSG's longstanding partnership with the Church of Jesus Christ of the Latter Day Saints continues in strength and the Board continues to be grateful to the Church for their commitment to this partnership.
President of SVSG Samoa