Good Samaritan aids Falefitu hall upgrade
The Falefitu Primary School celebrated the completion of their hall upgrade on Friday, thanks to a Good Samaritan who wanted to give back to the community through education.
The project was funded by Zhujian Chen, the Owner of the Princessa chain of stores across Samoa.
During a dedication service, Mr. Chen said he was delighted to be able to help. Married to a Samoan with four children, he said he was very pleased to be able to make a difference in the learning environment of students at Falefitu.
The constituency’s Member of Parliament and the Associate Minister of Justice and Courts Administration, Lenatai Victor Tamapua, expressed the district’s gratitude towards Mr. Chen.
He said the school committee was looking for $30,000 tala to fund the upgrade, which includes tiles.
“The hall was not in a good state and it was not at healthy for the kids,” he said. “This is the place where our children eat their lunches.
“So we were looking for sponsors or any donors that could help aid our project which is when we found this Good Samaritan, Mr. Chen who offered to help the school.
“He came to the school and inspected the hall and he told me he would get the tiles and people to do the work.”
This was in February. For some reason, Mr. Chen got busy and forgot but the School Committee kept knocking on his door.
The rest is history.
“Mr. Chen told me that he does not want any payment for this work. This is his way of giving back to the community and also to help the children at Falefitu Primary School to have a clean environment to study in.”
School Principal, Ana Latu Failauga, is extremely grateful.
“I am thankful that finally we have a safe and healthy hall for our school,” Ana said.
“However we have more than six computers but there is no room for these computers to be taken to as the computers required a certain kind of room, so we have requested to those gentlemen if they could assist us.”
There are 352 students on the roll at Falefitu.