Catholic youth hold camp to determine priorities

The Nofoali'i Catholic youth are holding a three-day camp at the Nofoali'i Catholic Hall to assist them determine their priorities. 

Catholic priest, Father Faleata Fata, said their goal is to get their youth to share good stories instead of hanging out at night and causing trouble.

They also invited police officer, Muagututia Paul Tauaa, who is also a member of their village, to educate them on the laws in Samoa.

“We all know the youth of today is the blame for all the trouble and we didn’t want that for our youth so we tried our best to get them and use up their free time to do something useful,” Father Fata said.

Part of their activities including visiting the Samoa Victim Support Group (S.V.S.G.) to donate food and financial support for the children.

Father Faleata said they donated packs of rice, boxes of chicken and noodles and $200.

“We did it out of love and intentions to not only reach out to the children at S.V.S.G but also for our youth members as well to learn from."

One of the participating youth members who attends the National University of Samoa (N.U.S), Claudia Tulia, said her brothers and family were supportive of the Catholic priest's initiative. 

She said her family were always concerned with her being the only girl, and were thankful the youth-camp will inspire her and her peers. 

"As for me, I thought I would go just for fun and be with my friends, but ended up I learnt so much more than that. I learned about the laws and rules and regulations by the police officers and I enjoyed how we gave support to the S.V.S.G. children so I'm so grateful for this opportunity," she said.

Father Faleata commended the participating youth members, saying it is never too late to change the direction their lives are taking.

"It's also a lesson for our younger generations out there, it's always not too late to change your ways," he added. 

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