Family's reunion a chance to give back
For the Pupualii family of Vaoala, a recent reunion and gathering of relatives from around the world was also an opportunity to help others.
The family paid a visit to the Samoa Victim Support Group (S.V.S.G.) for the victims at the Campus of Hope recently bearing gifts and support for the facility's residents who are victims of abuse.
Due to the measles outbreak, the Pupualii family's visit last month prevented them from spending time with the children at the campus.
Instead, children with smiles and grocery bags of donations marched towards the S.V.S.G. town office.
According to Lefau Pupualii, the visit and donation for the children was the family's means of giving back to the community.
“We have seen our children growing up healthy and in a safe environment, and we are blessed,” he said.
He added that they wished to give back to the community through the children at the campus:
“Thank you so much to the S.V.S.G. for all the work you are doing, not only for our children at the campus, but also for the whole community.”
One family member, who wished to remain anonymous, said:
“We have traveled from New Zealand, Australia, America to spend time together as a family and our own children have been looking forward to this visit.”
The S.V.S.G.'s President, Siliniu Lina Chang, expressed her appreciation to the Pupualii Family on behalf of the organisation:
“What a beautiful gesture; and how marvelous it is to be part of a growing family; sharing in the love of God.
“It is through your kindness towards our people, and your belief in our ability to help them, that is making a difference in the work we do.
“We want our people to love each other as family because at S.V.S.G., we are family."