A representative from the Embasssy of the Federal Republic of Germany in Wellington, Wera Hack, was in the country for official duties and yesterday, she visited the children survivors of violence and sexual abuse cared for at the Campus of Hope.
The purpose of the visit was to officially hand over to S.V.S.G bunk beds for a project funded by the Germany Embassy in Wellington.
The financial assistance from the Germany Embassy would not have been possible without the referral of an application for the small scale project, from Pauline Marsden, a German living in Apia with her family,. At a total cost of $26,000, the funds enabled S.V.S.G to supply bunk beds including mattresses to cater for the increasing number of children cared for at the shelters.
Following the hand-over, Ms. Hack spent time with the children.
Seeing her sitting there among the children, connecting with them at their level, was special.
And S.V.S.G is grateful for the addition to its family of supporters, as Ms. Hack had pledged to continue to look out for funding opportunities to help the children at the Campus.
S.V.S.G President Siliniu Lina Chang was at the Campus to acknowledge the support from the Germany Embassy.
“Thank you to the Embassy and the Ambassador of the Federal Republic of Germany in Wellington, H.E Gerhard Thiedemann, through Ms. Wera Hack, for the grant to refurnish the children’s beddings. To Pauline Marsden, thank you for pointing out this funding opportunity to SVSG, now we have additional beds for the children.”