Americans with a heart for Samoa

By Vatapuia Maiava ,

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PRESENTATION: Members of the Cox family presenting the gifts to each class.

PRESENTATION: Members of the Cox family presenting the gifts to each class.

The Cox family from the United States of America has arrived in Samoa bearing gifts for the children of Pesega Fou Primary School.

The presentation was done on Thursday at the school’s campus with the Cox Family personally presenting about US$1,500 worth of goods to the children.

“We brought with us a lot of dental kits; mostly tooth brushes, toothpaste and dental floss. We also brought five laptops with some English learning software for the school to use and lots of books for the library here,” family member, Curtis Cox said.

The American family is no stranger to Samoa.

“We came over to Samoa in 1978-1980, my father was a school teacher here in the islands at C.C.W.S and we’ve always wanted to return here for a long time,” he said.

“They had four kids with me being the oldest of my siblings and we all started school here.”

The family has been waiting to come back and to hopefully give back to the Samoan community.

“We really wanted to come back here and we know that there is a lot of need in Samoa. So we came up with a service project to see how we can help; we placed our focus on the children here,” Mr. Cox said. “I was a child of Samoa back in the days which is what gives me the heart for the children here.”

When asked for future plans Mr. Cox said the desire to help is still strong.

“We want to continue doing this in the future especially me I love this country. We have been back before and we did similar projects in the past. I would like to come back here and continue helping where we’re needed, there’s a lot of good people in America that want to help through donations.”

The family was successful with rallying support of other Americans.

“We got a lot of good responses from people who wanted to help through donations. I would love to come back in the future and to help more people.”

Being in the school to present the gifts brought back many fond memories for Mr. Cox.

“I was in the old Pesega School and coming back here brings so many great memories especially seeing the uniforms that I once wore,” he said.

“I remember watching rugby a lot by the field; I also remember a lot of chickens and dogs running around the school; I remember the beautiful singing by the school children; and I remember going to the beach a lot with my family.”

Mr. Cox concluded with a word of thanks.

“We’re just grateful to be here and I want to say thank you to everyone who made this possible. We are excited to be able to help the students here and we have a great love for the Samoan people.”

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