The Campus of Hope often receives assistance from good Samaritans around Samoa and overseas and this time, it is the Bank of South Pacific (B.S.P.) that has stepped in to assist at Tuanaimato.
The Bank has funded the construction of their kitchen - relocating their kitchen to an outside building to provide more room, but that’s not all
B.S.P. Liaison Media Officer, Michelle Lemisio said: “This year’s theme for our charity work is ‘Empowering Women and Children’, so we have partnered with the Samoa Victim Support Group to roll out this project.
“What we have done is relocate their kitchen from one of their buildings and build it outside to make more room for the children that are still coming into the Campus of Hope.
“The kitchen definitely helps them with their cooking classes because they asked the Bank of South Pacific to give them the opportunity to teach these children how to cook. We never know these children might be good chefs in the future.
“We have also laid the foundation for a dining hall to be built in the near future if we have funds.
“The whole project cost $23,000 tala which staff members of the bank helped raise.”
And for empowering women, they’ve stepped in to empower more women taking part under the Nofotane Programme.
“Their work normally includes making handicrafts, siamu popo and they are them selling it the Samoa Victims Support Group.
“S.V.S.G. has asked us to look for a platform for these women to sell their products because apparently this is their stable income. For these women to earn a stable income, we secured a booth at the Fugalei Market (Booth 47) where women under the Nofotane Programme can sell their products to earn money to raise their families.
“We are also running a Financial Literacy Workshop for these women to help them better manage their incomes.”
The president of Samoa Victim Support Group, Siliniu Lina Chang said: “I am thrilled and happy to have B.S.P. staff onboard to help out with these things because we need people to fund these projects.”
B.S.P. will officially hand over the project to S.V.S.G. this week.