A special service was held on Friday morning at the school followed by the blessing of 10 sewing machines by School Patron, Father Visesio – who delivered a warm thank you to Lauren Bicknell Hichaaba and Tina Newton, who were instrumental in organising the donation via the Australia Salesian Province. “We thank God for you and are grateful for your continuous support”.
The Australian Salesian Mission Overseas Aid Fund last week donated 10 industrial sewing machines valued at $15,500 SAT to Don Bosco Technical Centre.
“E faapitoa foi se faafetai mo i latou o loo lagolago, tatou benefectors ma latou uma o i le mission families i totonu o Ausetalia o loo faapena ona faatupea, seleni ma tupe o loo faasoasoa mai i le taumafaiga o le tatou aoga.”
Speaking to Samoa Global News Pacific Liaison for Salesian Missions Australia, Ms Lauren Bicknell Hichaaba said they are very impressed with the vision of the sewing program. “We are inspired by Principal Mane Su’a and the lead sewing teacher, Tasileta Tagiilima and all of the teachers and staff at DBTC. Their commitment to education is unparalleled and we hope we can work together for many years to come..
“We offer a big congratulations to Mane, Tasileta and their team on all the hard work to make this recent development happen..
“The team at DBTC consistently show us the wonderful things that can be achieved through collaboration, hard work, determination and faith in God.”
Ms Bicknell Hichaaba said Don Bosco Technical Centre is a key priority for Salesian Missions Australia. “The sustainable focus of the program enables support for the school so they can continue to provide a top quality education for young people in Samoa.”
She said what is donated is identified through a consultation and needs assessment for the school and also the community. “It aims to upskill the students and also the community at large.”
Mrs Bicknell works with their partners directly in Samoa and Fiji to understand their needs and the needs of the community. They have a collaborative relationship with the Salesians of Don Bosco in Samoa. “Ultimately, it is not up to us in Australia to dictate what is needed”.
“The Salesians on the ground in Samoa and Fiji understand what is best for the communities they are serving. We then work together on ensuring sustainable development for our schools. In Australia we do this by encouraging support through generous donors whom are very happy to support the good work being done for young people in the Pacific.”