American volunteer cherishes time in Samoa, vows to return
An American volunteer at the Samoa Victim Support Group (S.V.S.G.) has shared about her experiences at at the House of Hope.
Kaylin Miller, who is a third year student at Loma Linda University, California, is currently studying for a Doctorate of Psychology.
While observing and assisting children at the School of Hope for two months, she shared about the constant referral by the children to the President of S.V.S.G, Siliniu Lina Chang, whom they affectionately refer to as “Mama Lina.”
Ms. Miller said she found this amazing.
“This was something I never experienced before, witnessing children longing for that “motherly love” all the time,” she said.
“I know that I may be growing up in the States where love should be prioritized all the time, but hey, this is the first time I’ve felt the warmth of such love shared by these children through the guidance of “Mama Lina.”
Ms. Miller was helping as a teacher aide at the School of Hope, and her psychology background was obvious as she dealt with each child with patient and encouragement.
Ms. Miller has promised to return.
“I will come back and work at S.V.S.G.”
In the meantime, Ms. Miller said she is ready to be one of S.V.S.G’s Ambassador in California, to raise awareness about S.V.S.G’s work for the abused children and the need for assistance.
“I will take these memories with me while returning to my hometown and share it with my family, classmates and also tutors at Loma Linda University,” she concluded.