A Trivia Night organised to raise funds to purchase a new bus for Aoga Fiamalamalama has been hailed a success.
With more than $15,000 raised in a few hours, the proceeds from the evening hosted at Home Cafe Malifa has provided a solid base for the school’s efforts to achieve their goal.
The evening was fun and thoroughly enjoyed by friends, relatives and partners of Fiamalamalama School.
Principal Sharon Suhren said she is extremely grateful to members of the community who contributed.
An equally grateful President of the Board, Leota Raymond Schuster, credited the hard work of Australian volunteers who organised the evening.
Leota also acknowledged all the sponsors – including the venue – saying everything was donated.
He added that the Trivia night is one of several fundraising activities on the calendar including a Corporate Dinner scheduled later this year.
Speaking about the need for a bus, Principal 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.
The Aoga Faimalamalama is a nongovernmental school established in 1979 to meet the needs of Samoa’s intellectually disabled children.
With a mission “Equality and quality life for all persons with disability”
The school works to promote the physical, educational, economics 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.
The aogaFiamalamalama started by a group of parents from Sogi Preschool. Because there was a lack of higher education for special needs intellectually disabled children of Samoa at the time.