Families in Afega are in a better position to track the progress of the cyclone threatening Samoa today thanks to China’s generosity.
Yesterday, fifty transistor radios were presented to the village of Afega by the Chinese Embassy.
The presentation was made by the Ambassador of China to Samoa, Wang Xuefeng, to the village’s Paramount Chief, Gatoaitele Savea Sano Malifa.
Mr. Xuefeng said he feels that the gift is particularly timely given the weather pattern lately.
“I’m very glad to visit your beautiful village,” he told members of the village who were present.
“This is my first time visiting your village. I often drive past your village when I go to the airport, but I never had the chance to come here until today.”
The Chinese Ambassador said Samoa needs to stay alert because of the bad weather.
“We are having bad weather these days and the Meteorology Office is urging members of the public to stay alert because of the strong winds and heavy rain,” Mr. Xuefeng said.
“So I think it is very important for my Samoan friends to know the information about the weather.
“And today my colleagues, my wife and I from the Chinese Embassy we brought some radios from China as small gifts to my friends here in Afega.
“In fact I hope the bad weather will stop tomorrow and I hope that you will all listen to the radio and enjoy the music and the news instead of the bad information about the weather that will worry us.”
He also expresses his best wishes to the matais and the village as a whole.
“It’s my first time to visit your village and I wish in the future I will come again to do something good for my friends,” he said.
Gatoaitele acknowledged the support from the Chinese Embassy.