Gift to help change lives at Olomanu Juvenile Centre

By Nefertiti Matatia 13 May 2018, 12:00AM

The Samoa Stationery and Books (S.S.A.B.) donated items to the Olomanu Juvenile Rehabilitation Centre on Friday.

They gifted furniture, clothing and a printer at the request of the Prisons and Correction Services.

There are more than 40 young people housed at the Olomanu Juvenile Rehabilitation Centre and most of them have been abandoned by their families.

This was according to the Commissioner for Prisons and Correctional Services, Taitosaua Edward Winterstein.

Speaking to the Sunday Samoan, he expressed his gratitude to S.S.A.B. for the much needed donation.

“There are 40 kids who are at the Olomanu, which is specifically for the convicted kids from the ages of 17 downwards.” 

“This is a helpful donation for the children to carry out their programmes and to better their ways.”

“This donation will go a long way in terms of taking action with our programmes and also with the clothing of these children because most of the children here have been disowned by their families,” he said.

Taitosaua adds it is not the first time S.S.A.B. has helped those behind bars. Last year they also donated furniture for the Vaiaata. 

“They also gave chairs and certain things like that and also at this moment trying to setup a library for Vaiaata, which is useful for their spiritual growth and reputation as well.”

C.E.O. of S.S.A.B. Tofilau Fiti Leung Wai believes there is always hope for the youth of Samoa who are in Olomanu.

“It is the responsibility of S.S.A.B. and everyone here in Samoa to work together in love for the young generation of this nation.”

“It is a must for us to help the youth of our country and that also includes those who have made poor decision.”

“Christ came for all of us and especially those who are in need and that is the reason we are all here to today. For the children who are in Olomanu, may you always remember that this donation came from a heart of love and God is love,” she said.

Tofilau also acknowledged her S.S.A.B. team for responding to the request that was made by the Prisons and Correction Services.  

“We then wanted to help the young ones. I thank the workers of S.S.A.B. because when the request was given I then asked them if there was anyone willing to donate to Olomanu in terms of clothing.”

“They reached out to me that they needed help with the young ones who are in the Olomanu Centre. When the request was given S.S.A.B. wanted to help and that is who we are here because that is how God is like.”

By Nefertiti Matatia 13 May 2018, 12:00AM
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