BYU delegation donate to Mapuifagalele elders
A group of doctors, students and professors from Brigham Young University (B.Y.U.) in the United States made a donation to the Home of the elderly at Vailele Thursday.
They donated two beds, cloves with B.Y.U. Professor Namulauulu Dr. Tavana saying the donation came from medical agencies and other organisations willing to give for Samoa and especially for the rheumatic relief programme.
“I wish I had known earlier of their needs, it was just last week when we found out, we want to do more and being here is a great opportunity to find out other needs that they need for the elderly.
“There are times when we overlook the fact that there are people who are in need of assistance but we do not have knowledge of it,” he said.
Sister Maureen of the Little Sisters of the Poor thanked B.Y.U. for their generous assistance.
"We are looking after 45 residents, which comprises of 24 females and 21 males and most of them are bedridden so they are greatly in need of these electric mattresses because they can’t move. This will help us immensely in caring for the elders, they also donated gloves which we use for the sick.
"We have eight sisters and staff members which have shifts on day and night because caring for the elderly requires the whole day."