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Ministry of Women gives to children at S.V.S.G.

The Ministry of Women Community and Social Development has presented a monetary donation to the Samoa Victim Support Group's Campus of Hope at Tuanaimato.

The donation which was presented on Friday will cater for the children during this White Sunday and serve to remind them that there are people who care for them. 

In an interview the Ministry's Assistant Chief executive Officer [Social Development], Autagavaia Olive Kaio, she said as the leading Government agency that advocates for the rights of a child they felt the need to give to the S.V.S.G. 

"Because we are the leading agency in the implementation of the convention on the rights of a child, not just that but also because one of our Ministry’s mandate is to reach out to the community, and the community means everyone including the children," she said.

Autagavaia said the Ministry wanted to remind the kids that they matter and that there are people other than their families who can provide for them during these special days.

"White Sunday is around the corner and we thought that many of the children of Samoa are with their families and are living a normal life," she said.

"Their lives are not compared to these kids, especially with White Sunday coming up. These kids do not have families, we’re not sure what they’re feeling, especially in the absence of their parents.

"And so we thought that if they don’t have any families, then who is their family? It’s us, who else."

The donation was not made because of the Ministry's mandate, but it was done as a humane act of generosity, according to the A.C.E.O. 

"The Ministry decided, not just because we feel that it’s our mandated function to reach out to the people. 

"But also as people, as Samoans, as parents, we feel that these kids need help, need comfort and need to know that they’re appreciated and there are people out there who care for them especially during these special times.

"It came out of the pockets of the staff. We decided to put together whatever we could afford to celebrate their day."

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