Students raise funds for bus

By Pai Mulitalo Ale ,

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FUNDRAISING FOR BETTER TRANSPORT: Students at Aoga Fiamalamalama in Alafua sorely need a new bus to meet their educational needs.

FUNDRAISING FOR BETTER TRANSPORT: Students at Aoga Fiamalamalama in Alafua sorely need a new bus to meet their educational needs.

Aoga Fiamalamalama is having a Trivia Night tonight at the Home Cafe at Malifa to fundraise for a new school bus. 

The Trivia night is an initiative by the volunteers who are working at Aoga Fiamalamalama, the board members and the Parents Teachers Association.

Principal Sharon Suhren said most of the school activities rely on the school bus. 

“We still have the old bus which is more than ten years old and there are times that the bus breaks down,” she said. 

And when that happens, it is very difficult for them because they fear for the safety of the children especially the ones that their parents expect the school to drop off at their doorsteps.

“The bus is used to transport the students to school every day and to their school activities,” she added. 

Mrs. Suhren thanked all the businesses who have come forward to support the school and have donated items and monetary donations. 

She also thanked the owner of the Home Café, Horace Evans, for the generous offer allowing them to use the venue free of charge.

The Parents Teachers Association are working hard to ensure that tonight will be a successful event for the school and all proceeds will go towards funding of their new school bus.

The Trivia night will start at 6pm tonight with lots of fun activities and lots of prizes to be won for just $30 entry.

The Aoga Fiamalamalama is a nongovernmental school established in 1979 to meet the needs of Samoa’s intellectually disabled children. 

With their mission being “Equality and quality life for all persons with disability”, the school works to promote the physical, educational, economical and social welfare of the intellectually disabled. 

They also support the development of the total person in a caring environment rooted in Christian values and free from discrimination based on age, gender, race, religion or disability. 

The school works with parents in promoting the welfare of their children, informing parents of the help and support that is available, as well as increasing the awareness and the inclusion of the intellectually disabled in the family and the wider community. 

Aoga Fiamalamalama was established by a group of parents from Sogi Preschool because there was a lack of higher education for special needs and intellectually disabled children in Samoa at the time.

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