A primary school that was devastated by fire in January 2019, and rebuilt with the assistance of the Government of Japan has this morning received desks and chairs donated by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.
More than 100 chairs and desks for the 250 students and 8 teachers of Vailoa Primary School were donated by the LDS Church through its humanitarian community assistance program.
Present at the handover ceremony were LDS Church Members – Elders Tony and Mary Aiono of the Humanitarian Program, Welfare Manager Dr Luamanuvae Kapuana Ainuu and President of Apia Samoa Stake Fuimaono Sam Te’o.
Vailoa Village Chairman Nuu Patea Ray Taefu, Vailoa School Committee Chairman Hon Faumuina Leatinuu Wayne Fong, and School Treasurer Aiono Leatinuu Keneti as well as members of the Vailoa Parent Teacher Association (PTA) received the donation on behalf of the school.
According to School Principal Lemafo’e Leituala, LDS church members in the PTA connected them to the Church after the fire had destroyed all of the school’s furniture.
Mrs Leituala added that School Committee Chair Faumuina Leatinuu has been instrumental in the restoration of the school since the fire last year.
“He brought us a container of furniture from New Zealand just to keep us going after the fire; he also organised a radiothon and his leadership has been a great help for us since the tragedy.”
“Ina ua uma ona fausia le faleaoga, e le’i iai ni kesi ma ni laulau, ma sa oo atu lava le matou sui faipule ia Faumuina i atunuu mamao ma aumai ai le container lea sa maua mai ai nai laulau mo matou;
“Sa fai fo’i le matou letiofoni, ia, o si matou faipule lava lea sa taulamaua ai ma fai ma taitaiga lelei”.
Spokesperson for the LDS Church Fuimaono Sam Te’o gave praise to God for the opportunity given to the Church to provide the assistance.
“O nei lava foa’i, o le alofa ma le agalelei o Le Atua e ala ai ona maua. O le area foi lenei o loo vaavaai mai e le Susuga i le Epikopo, o loo matou vaavaalua i le galuega lenei”.
The School Committee Chair expressed his gratitude to the LDS Church of Samoa, “On behalf of Vailoa Faleata village, the School Committee, Principal, Teachers and Parents, we thank the LDS Church from the bottom of our hearts.”