Auckland’s Marist College visits Samoa’s Campus of Hope

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More than 20 students and teachers from the Marist College, Auckland New Zealand, spent four days with children on the Campus of Hope in Samoa.

It’s the second year in a row the school has visited.

While there, as part of their of their community service work, they ran activities for the children.

The Campus of Hope is the temporary home of 70 children survivors of violence currently under the care of Samoa Victim Support Group (SVSG).

The president of SVSG, Siliniu Lina Chang is an former student of  Marist College. Some have called her the “Mother Teresa” of Samoa.

In March of this year, SVSG celebrated its 10th anniversary as an advocate for victims and children.

Over these last ten years much has been accomplished at the benefit of the victims and children that SVSG serves.

Through donations, SVSG has realized the building of the House of Hope, a sanctuary for children who have suffered under the hand of abuse or who have been abandoned.

The School of Hope followed as a school for the children residing at SVSG and to ensure their privacy.

The students, parents, and teachers from Marist College paid for their trip to Samoa so they could spend their school break with the children of hope.

They also put together some educational resources and various goods that were donated to SVSG

A pallet full of donations was presented on their last day, together with monetary donation of $10,000.00.

Chang said she was humbled by the school’s willingness to lend a helping hand.

“Thank you so much to the Principal and the Board of Trustee for allowing the continued fellowship between the Marist College New Zealand and the School of Hope, through the annual Marist College Malaga,” she said.


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