Business Systems Limited in its objective to continue being a responsible corporate Business House in Samoa supports Falease’ela Environment Protection Society in conserving and protecting The Liua le Vai o Sina River and the rainforest/mountain areas.
Such a project is in line with Business Systems Limited commitment in assisting local based organizations that care for the environment and promoting good health in the community.
The launch was well attended by teachers, representatives of M.E.S.C, matais and supporters from the Falease’ela village as well as sponsors. The aim in committing the legend to print in both Samoan and English is to make it accessible to children about this important part of their Samoan culture. It is also to create awareness of the need to look after our precious environment in today’s ever changing influence of climate change.
The launch was officially opened by the Managing Director of Business Systems Limited Meilan Meredith, by a symbolic ribbon cutting. The Falease’ela Environment Protection Society (F.E.P.S) is a behind the launch. F.E.P.S was established in 2007 by the matai of Falese’ela to work on environment projects in the village. After the drought of 2011 and Cyclone Evan in 2012, F.E.P.S has worked tirelessly to implement projects that will protect and conserve the precious natural resources of the village.
Of note is the Liua le Vai Sina Watershed and Rainforest Sanctuary Project.
F.E.P.S would not have been able to achieve the success of the Watershed and Rainforest Sanctuary project without funding from G.E.F Small Grants Program (U.N.D.P) and their partnership with the Water Resource division of M.N.R.E and the Samoan Conservation Society.
The major sponsors for the English version of the Liua le Vai o Sina River legend are: Volunteer Service Abroad (V.S.A.) New Zealand and the Tindall Foundation.
Profits from the sale of the Liua le Vai o Sina Legend will go towards the Watershed and Rainforest Sanctuary Project.
While providing a sustainable income for the project, the Liua le vai o Sina River Legend book will also provide a valuable educational and cultural resource for children in both English and Samoan.
The English version will be in memory of the author Va’afusuaga, the Paramount chief of Falese’ela, who recently passed away at the age of 93.