Brown Girl Woke donates to nurses

Mothers who work as nurses at the Tupua Tamasese Meaole National Hospital are the recipients of a donation by the not-for-profit organisation Brown Girl Woke.

B.G.W. representative Samita Samuelu presented diapers, baby wipes, toys, books and other baby essentials to the nurses at the national hospital.

The organisation’s founder and President, Maluseu Doris Tulifau, told Samoa Observer that health workers are the unsung heroes at the frontlines of health intervention programs, and it needs to be acknowledged that they also have families.

“They were thankful for getting donations and shocked but appreciated to help with their family as nurses always help so many families,” she said in an interview.

“So giving to them is small thank you to appreciate their families. Samoan custom is always to take care of the whole family, not just the individual.”

The not-for-profit organisation has targeted health workers in their various donation programs.

“We have donated to health workers since the measles. We had thank you brunch for nurses and had a local business donate massages and pedicures so yes we will keep donating,” she added.

According to Maluseu, the group had funding support to give to nursing students at the National University of Samoa (N.U.S.) to become part of the B.G.W. health programs.

She further stated that they will always team up with other health program recipients.

Ms Samuelu, who presented the donations to the nurses, said she was happy when she handed over the gifts.

“Nurses are greatly overlooked. People in the medical field, in general, go through very hard times. People in the public fail to realize that these nurses put their lives on hold to cater to other people's needs, with late shifts and tireless hours of continuous work,” she said.

“They deserve to be appreciated and treasured because they're at the frontline in our fight with diseases. God bless you all. Thank you for your undying love and protection over our country because you all took the time to take care of our sick and wounded."

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