What started out as a personal form of rehabilitation by one of the sexually abused survivors had turned into a popular initiative amongst the young girls at the Campus of Hope.
The creator of the Peace Garden at the Campus came to SVSG as an angry child, sullen and bad tempered. She isolated herself due to her inability to trust any anyone. Who could have blamed her when at 9 years old, she became another statistic as a victim of incest rape.
But through one child’s peaceful healing, others have found working the land and seeing how each plant grows, as a way of finding peace within themselves.
Today, the children are taught how to nurture a plant so that it will grow. From planting to maintaining to watering, it has become a competition amongst the young survivors of violence and sexual abuse. It not only gives the children a sense of responsibility, but most importantly, it becomes a part of their healing process.
President of SVSG Samoa