A.D.R.A. offers elderly helping hand

Support for the daily needs and care of 44 elders at the Home of the Elderly at Mapuifagalele continues with the Adventist Disaster Relief Agency Samoa (A.D.R.A.) the latest donor.

The staff of A.D.R.A. Samoa donated food supplies and much needed daily supplies to assist the Little Sisters of the Poor care for the elders on Friday.

A.D.R.A. Country Director in Samoa, Su’a Julia Wallwork said that the Catholic nuns are doing an amazing service caring for the elderly.

A.D.R.A. Samoa is a non-governmental organisation established by the Seventh Day Adventist Church as the church’s humanitarian arm. The organisation exists to serve and care for the needs of people with no preference for race, gender or religion.  

“It’s a service that is given with love and so much care,” she said, while adding that it is not the first time for her organisation to assist those in need. 

“We have been working in communities, especially vulnerable families, but this has opened up another door for A.D.R.A. My whole staff felt moved by the visit and the feedback.

“We were led here today and now they presented another request and we are going to go help find what they need.”

She added that the service provided by the sisters is a blessing for Samoa.

“We came and saw that there is a need whether it is some chairs or beds we can use our A.D.R.A. network globally to search for the much needed equipment to make the care easier.

“We thank God that we have played a small role to assist the sisters in the work they do.

“But this is not the last assistance; we will continue to help the elders and the Sisters in the future.”

Sister Maureen of the Little Sisters of the Poor acknowledged the assistance given by A.D.R.A.

“We thank you from the bottom of our hearts for your kindness in aiding our needs.

“We support you all with our prayers for the kindness you have shown.”

She told the Samoa Observer that not only are they providing daily care for the elders but they also aid them through their medical needs.

“Some of the elders have heart problems, asthma and dementia which all require a certain care.”

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