NEWS FROM SAMOA
Mother’s Day is a big event in Samoa. The day after Mother’s day is a public holiday! The Catholic TV came four days before to film the Mothers of Mapuifagalele. Their picture was part of the advertisement on TV for Mother’s Day. Our Residents are proud to uphold their dignity as women and mothers who still have a role to play in life, especially with their children and extended family.
Inter-cultural Encounter with the Wolverines, the Women's Volleyball team from the University of Utah (USA) visited Samoa. This was part of a yearly visit organised by the Mormons at Pesega. Along with their beautiful smiles and warm personalities, the girls brought with them two truckloads of medical supplies which included wheelchairs, commodes, individually wrapped soaps and boxes upon boxes of hand sanitiser. During their visit they also entertained the residents with their lovely voices and well harmonised hymns.
t was a wonderful visit by some talented young ladies who are on route to Fiji for some volleyball and more humanitarian work.
Steve Johnston, Specialist Trainer for Samoa at the Australia-Pacific Technical College, came with some of his students to present cakes and hot cross buns that they had made earlier in the day. Our present chef cook studied at the Technical College and Steve is very proud of her achievement.
Generous Benefactors The Mormons from Pesega, (their Samoan headquarters,) brought 34 sacks of taro. Earlier they had organized and donated more to the Tongan Cyclone Relief
A Venture of breeding rare species of native birds The Little Sisters have been helping to breed and protect this rare species of native birds that made their nest just outside the convent fence. This is their thrid set of babies. They must know that they are loved and well looked after by the Sisters. The Segasega mo’o is a tiny native bird with a red crown and coat for the male and a plain black coat for the female with a red breast plate! They are very swift and elusive little birds but they built their nest by the Sisters convent! When the little ones were hatched, the Sisters put a plastic cover on the branch to protect them from rain, and hung a homemade basket of coconut leaves to catch them if they fell! Mum is very busy bringing food and Dad is on guard against intruders, including the Sisters! God’s creation is so beautiful and the Sisters find great joy in participating in the preservation of these exquisite little creatures.