South Seas Christian Ministries offer free medical help in village
The South Seas Christian Ministries (S.S.C.M.) is offering free health services at Faleasi'u this week.
Local and international doctors will oversee and take the lead in offering the free medical services.
S.S.C.M. Hawaii-based founder and counsellor, Jack Thompson and his wife Auimatagi Cha Thompson, told the Samoa Observer they have been coming to Samoa for over 30 years, helping the country in the process.
"We've been operating now for 35 years and we've been coming to Samoa for over 30 years. Every year we come with a team of young men and women from high schools and colleges to help with the children in the villages," Mr. Thompson said.
But there was a slight challenge in shipping the containers over to Samoa as it kept delaying.
The latest information on the container is that it arrives this week.
Besides the delay, the couple said they are still delighted and cannot wait to assist Samoa.
Relating to the charity work they do with the medical services, they also assisted Samoa in previous years when the country was hit by natural disaster.
Mr. Thompson said they were instrumental in sending a container of flour, rice and clothing to Savai'i which was a big help for them.
It was then they realised they can do a lot more for Samoa.
Consequently, when Samoa was hit by another cyclone which affected the other side of Upolu, they also sent a whole team of carpenters, plumbers, electricians from their church in Hawaii put together and rebuilt one of the school's showers and bathrooms.
"And we were able to do that and we donated a Toyota truck to the to the Catholic church and to the nursery way down to the other side of the island that got hit very bad."
For the last five years, the couple started a new Ministry. Not only did they bring athletes to work with the kids in different villages, they were also able to bring a medical team.
The couple has been deploying nurses and doctors to work in rural communities.
"So the last three or four years, we bring down doctors and nurses, and we team up with some of your nurses and doctors in the hospital. We send them out to the villages and they are the ones that service our Samoan people, who cannot go to the hospital, or catch a bus.
"So in Savai'i, it was unbelievable how many people came because they needed medical attention.
"We had one doctor that actually did surgery and so this year, we're at Faleasiu and we have a team of young high school and college that are working with the children. We also have a team of doctors that are there now and tomorrow they start to work."