B.G.W feeding programme helping families

By Marc Membrere 22 May 2020, 3:00PM

A feeding programme run by not-for-profit organisation Brown Girl Woke (B.G.W.) continues to reap benefits for families in need. 

BGW founder Maluseu Doris Tulifau told Samoa Observer that the "US$20 feeds a family of five people" programme has already raised over US$400 (T$1,106) in the first month and assisted over 60 families. 

The organisation’s donations have also included a 20-pound rice bag, a box of tinned fish, soap, laundry soap, flour, sugar, four boxes of milk, a box of chicken, towels, sheets, and mosquito coils. 

"Each month we pick a vulnerable group to go give groceries and with the help of our partners N.O.L.A and social services, we had a survey asking families that needed help. In March we had two local businesses donate 30 groceries to the elderly,” she said. “April and May to families in Savai'i and June helping out families in the rural areas that have applied for our surveys.”

Maluseu said she has put up flyers in the U.S. highlighting their feeding programme and many people wanted to assist. 

"Even around the world COVID-19 is hurting all of us but people could spare US$20 (T$55) so we had enough for April, May and now June to give groceries to families," she added. 

Various organisations have also gone out to the villages to find families that are in need of help with B.G.W working with the organisations to offer families support. 

Additional support to the programme is also sourced from the fundings the organisation receives from selling their marketing merchandise such as sweaters and shirts overseas.

Maluseu added that when they present the donations, the families are always thankful and feel shocked at the same time and revealed that the programme will become permanent and she wants to keep it running this year.

By Marc Membrere 22 May 2020, 3:00PM
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