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HIGH HOPES: Chargé de Affairé Angelina Wilkinson and president of S.V.S.G Siliniu Lina Chang, at the Campus of Hope in Tuana’imato.

HIGH HOPES: Chargé de Affairé Angelina Wilkinson and president of S.V.S.G Siliniu Lina Chang, at the Campus of Hope in Tuana’imato.

The Head of the United States Embassy Office in Apia, Chargé de Affairé, Angelina Wilkinson, visited the Office of the Samoa Victim Support Group on Tuesday.  

Following a meeting with S.V.S.G President Siliniu Lina Chang, she was taken for a tour of the Campus of Hope at Tuana’imato where she spent time with the children.

The visit highlighted Ms. Wilkinson’s spirit of hope and her willingness to take the lead in encouraging staff of her Office to join in assisting the work for the children at the Campus of Hope.

“With our journey into 2016 well underway, the coming on board of the Chargé de Affairé and the US Embassy Office in Apia, as part of the support network for the work of S.V.S.G is humbling,” Siliniu said.

“Over the years, S.V.S.G had enjoyed a working relationship with the US Embassy in Apia.  

“Former Heads of Office have started programmes with the children now continued into 2016 by H.E Wilkinson such as an invitation for the children to an Easter Egg Hunt at the Residence, cleaning, painting and tree planting activities with the children.  

“Small grants funding have also been awarded to S.V.S.G to assist with the empowerment of S.V.S.G village representatives to carry out our support work in villages.”

The most popular programme rolled out in 2015 was the two-weeks attachment of counselors and behavioral specialist technicians from the US Army Medical Reserve in Hawaii with S.V.S.G’s Advocacy Programme, assisting with the counseling programmes for men and women offenders of violence referred from the Family Court.  

S.V.S.G is glad to note that Ms. Wilkinson will look into continuing with this valuable attachment program.

When she bid the children farewell, Ms. Wilkinson invited the children for a day of fun at the Residence in March for Easter Egg Hunt.  

She reminded the children that the Easter eggs represent new beginnings and new life, something they should all be proud to achieve in their journey on Campus.

Gifts of rugby balls and reading books were presented by Her Excellency to the children at the Campus of Hope, which Siliniu accepted them with gratitude and appreciation on behalf of the children.  

A site visit of the House of Dreams and the House of Blessings ended the visit.

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