She reaches out for help, only when she couldn’t struggle alone. She becomes the voice for her child, when the child is robbed of her dignity as a young woman. She empowers herself to be able to provide for her family and in the process, her voice is recognized in family and village matters. She endures, simply because she is a mother.
These are some of the virtues that define the mothers who have sought assistance with SVSG over the years.
From January to April 2020, 90% of those who came to us for help are mothers. During the last six weeks of the government declared State of Emergency for the COVID-19 preparedness, 85% of the callers to the Help Line were mothers; reporting their mental and physical abuse; seeking welfare assistance for their families; advocating for employment for their husbands or counseling assistance.
Most of us reckoned that mothers are the weaker gender. But we here at Samoa Victim Support Group believe otherwise.
Because it takes courage to come forward and seek help. Her humility is always behind her forgiving heart and the reconciliation between families. It takes perseverance to put up with child rearing and the protection of our children thereafter. Only a hero could turn her situation in the grassroot community as a nofotane woman and become a breadwinner in the family through the work of her hands.
“From the growing SVSG Family in partnership with our donor agencies during this time such as UNICEF Pacific and Spotlight Initiative (UNDP) , we wish all the mothers of Samoa joy in the Lord always. We honor you for who you are in our lives; a Mother. Remember, you are ‘fearfully and wonderfully made’ so go forth and don’t give up. We are here for you.” Siliniu Lina Chang, SVSG President.