The children survivors of violence and neglect under the care of Samoa Victim Support Group at the Campus of Hope, Tuanaimato, cheered the teachers on as they celebrated World Teachers Day this week.
While the request from the Ministry of Education, Sports and Culture, was to have the 26 contestants to the Teachers Day Pageant visit the Campus as part of the pageant program, the children congratulated the teachers in style.
The children danced and sang beautifully which brought the contestant to tears. Because despite the trauma and the horrific nature of the abuses they have endured, their smiles attest to God’s love through their healing.
This is the first year in which the Ministry has hosted a pageant amongst the teachers to celebrate World Teachers Day. And for all the contestants, this was the first time they have visited the Campus of Hope. A memory each of them will take back to their respective schools and shared with their students on the fact that despite the difficulties in life, there is always hope, as seen through the eye of the children of hope.
The teachers donated $200 and gift hampers for the children with an additional $310 collected from the teachers and the children’s entertainment.
“Thank you to the Chief Executive Officer of MESC, Afamasaga Dr. Karoline Afamasaga –Fuatai for including the children of hope in the Teachers Day celebration this year. Thank you also to the Assistant CEO Tauti Jenny Lauano for coordinating the visit.”
“To all the 26 contestants to the Inaugural Teachers Day Pageant 2018, you are all winners to the children of hope.” Siliniu Lina Chang, SVSG President
President of SVSG Samoa