The rehabilitation programs for the children survivors of abuse cared for at the Campus of Hope are geared towards what is in the best interest of each individual child. While some children are into singing, dancing, reading or gardening, others are more into sports. The latest success story being the Golden Girl Feagaiga Stowers in the Commonwealth Games at the Gold Coast earlier this year.
Today, a champion in baskeball, Brian Kerle of the Brian Kerle Baskeball Academy visited the Campus for the first time, with young basketall players from Brisbane Australia who are in the country as part of the Ball 4 Change Project by Jada Faanana Schultz and collegues back in Brisbane.
How Brian Kerle ended up at the SVSG office on a Friday afternoon during a scheduled meeting between SVSG and Jada on a different project, is beyond us. However, SVSG is certain that it was not by chance, because there was an immediate connection with the tall champion. In less than an hour, Brian Kerle knew enough about SVSG’s work to confirm his interest to lend a hand.
He started off being an inspirational speaker during the SVSG Tina Faufautua Program, as well as the SVSG Men’s Advocacy Program, for the court referred offenders of violence. In between basketball clinics, Brian Kerle will be seen at the SVSG office ready to spent some time with the young offenders.
The visit at the Campus of Hope reaffirmed Brian Kerle’s belief that “Things happen in our lives for a reason. Today is one of those. We will make it work.”
Promoting health and developing children through sports, the Ball 4 Change project will become one of the possible outlets for the abused children’s anger, hurt and disappointment with the different circumstances that affected their lives. Who knows, there might be some professional basketball players to be recruited from the Campus of Hope.
“Thank you so much Brian Kerle and the team for including a visit at the Campus as part of your schedule as well as the donated goods for the children. We look forward to seeing you all next year. Thank you also to Jada for reaching out to support this important part of SVSG’s work with the abused children, apart from your initial engagement with SVSG to support the newly empowered nofotane women.” Siliniu Lina Chang, SVSG President
President of SVSG Samoa