SVSG Measles Prevention & Helping Hand Outreach
Please help us reach out to our families who have lost loved ones to the measles epidemic.Nationwide
In response to the escalating measles crisis that is crippling our country to a state of mourning, Samoa Victim Support Group (SVSG), in its role as a support service provider, is taking a proactive approach to prevent and to lend a helping hand.
Referred to as the ‘SVSG Measles Prevention & Helping Hand Outreach’, the aim of the Outreach is to prevent as much as possible the spread of the measles, especially to our underprivileged families.
This is through awareness raising in each families on the importance of household hygiene, how to care for the affected children, counseling for the traumatized children and their parents, and the provision of basic necessities.
We run two shelters for young women and children. Plus a nursery for new born babies who are the result of abuse and neglect in Samoa.
These are run on goodwill. We support the women as their cases go through the court system; we advocate for change in wider Samoan society and government; and we support those at risk of becoming victims.
Use of funds
Awareness raising in each families on the importance of household hygiene, how to care for the affected children, grief & trauma counseling for the remaining siblings and their parents, and the provision of basic necessities.
With a total of 1,216 people from 140 families who have lost 70 children to the measles outbreak in November and December 2019 assisted by the SVSG Measles Outreach Program, Samoa Victim Support Group knew that the road to recovery to help rebuild our affected families, required kindness, generosity and hard work.
Throughout January and February 2020, SVSG hit the Road to Recovery, taking the Group back to the families who have lost children to the measles.
We saw how death had brought families closer together. There was an appreciative feeling towards life in general among families who have lost children to the measles, especially knowing how precious life is when seeing loved ones taken too soon.
For other families, there remain to be too many children not in school as the parents were not yet fully recovered as they were still in mourning. Even the children who were affected by the measles and have recovered still looked weak.
For 19 years old Noella Fa’atauu’u, who was 7 months into her pregnancy when she lost her 12 months old daughter Noel to the measles, we found her with another bundle of joy. She smiled to us through her tears when we visited her in February, as she cradled her 6 weeks old Baby Miracle. We could tell how Noella's newborn has helped her recover from losing her eldest child to the measles, despite the pain still visible behind her smile.
With time, wounds left by the departed children victims of the measles will heal. And through your kindness and generosity, we have paved the road to recovery for our affected families here in Samoa.
We pray for you and your families safety as we are faced with the global challenges of the COVID-19.
From your family here at Samoa Victim Support Group, stay safe and stay blessed.
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This page was created on 4 Dec 2019 and closed on 25 Dec 2019.