The Director of the Homeland Security in American Samoa, Afioga Samana Semo Ve’ave’a acknowledged the work of Samoa Victim Support Group during his visit at the Campus of Hope.
First, there was the achievement by one of the SVSG youth members, the SVSG Junior Executive Ms. Petronilla Molioo Mataeliga, as one of the winners of the Queen’s Young Leaders Award, who will receive her award from Her Majesty The Queen at a special ceremony at Buckingham Palace in London.
Second, was the extent of the shelter facilities at the Campus of Hope for the children survivors of violence and sexual abuse under the care of SVSG. Director Samana Semo Ve’avea & his team took time out from their busy schedule to visit the children at the Campus. Having dealt with children victims in his line of work, Director Samana was however amazed by the magnitude of SVSG’s work given the limited resources available. He congratulated the SVSG President Siliniu Lina Chang on the Group’s perseverance for the protection of children.
It was while visiting the Campus that Director Samana also used the opportunity to congratulate Petronilla on being one of the winners of the Queen’s Young Leaders Award. “As a Samoan, I am proud of your achievement and I join our people in congratulating you.” Samana Semo Ve’ave’a.
According to a press release from the Coordinators of The Queen’s Young Leaders Award, Petronilla has been chosen in recognition of the work she is doing to help provide valuable employment opportunities for young people in Samoa by reviving traditional native handicraft skills.
The prestigious Awards programme, now in its fourth and final year, celebrates exceptional young people aged 18 to 29 from across the Commonwealth and the work they are undertaking to improve lives across a diverse range of issues, from supporting people living with mental health problems, helping children to receive a quality education, to promoting gender equality.
President of SVSG Samoa