The Counsellor for the Canadian Embassy in New Zealand, Christian DesRoches, was in Samoa last week.
The visit presented him an opportunity to meet with various groups and their representatives to discuss ways in which the Canadian Embassy can help Samoa.
This includes groups that the Embassy has helped and in some case are helping to progress the aims and objectives of certain N.G.O’s and C.B.O’s in Samoa.
Last Friday, Mr. DesRoches and the Commissioner of Police, Fuiava Egon Keil were guests of a programme organised by the Clarence Sebastian Foundation(C.S.F).
Officially named on 29 June 2012, C.S.F was established to cater to the health and social needs of Albinos in Samoa.
At the moment, the C.S.F will be the only operating Centre of its kind for Albinos to the east of New Zealand and eventually extending its support out to our South Pacific neighbours such as Tahiti, Tonga and Fiji.
The C.S.F has been holding workshops with the firm hope that a Child protection policy can be formulated. This policy will ensure that the rights of children with albinism will be protected at all times.
The Canadian Embassy administers various programmes throughout the Pacific and the wealth of experience and knowledge that their staff members possess is a major resource for groups such as the Clarence Sebastian Foundation to harness.
Faaofo Junior Leota, founder of the C.S.F, acknowledges the kind assistance, support and advice of the Canadian Embassy and hope that this is the first steps in what will be a productive and positive relationship