Church honours Caritas Samoa

By Deidre Tautua-Fanene ,

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THANK YOU FOR YOUR WORK: Officials of the church and Caritas Samoa with their certificates acknowledging the work done in Samoa.

THANK YOU FOR YOUR WORK: Officials of the church and Caritas Samoa with their certificates acknowledging the work done in Samoa. (Photo: Supplied)

Caritas Samoa has been awarded an Honour Award from the Apia Samoa Central Stake in recognition of their Community services throughout Samoa. 

Programme Manager, Fuatino Muliagatele – Ah Wai, says it is a privilege for Caritas Samoa to receive such recognition.

Stake President of Apia Central Stake, Joseph Jason Joseph, said this is the second year since they launched the initiative which recognises the hard work done by different organizations, church members and even government ministries.

“This year Caritas Samoa had been nominated for this special award amongst other government ministries who were awarded for this Honour Award,” said Ms. Ah Wai.

“On behalf of the Caritas Samoa, we give our sincere and humble thanks to - Pres Jason Joseph and the Apia Samoa Central Stake for this Special Award for Caritas Samoa.

“Our Community services are through outreach programs for the poor and the most need, with disaster preparedness and especially we are in times of - Preparing for Disaster.”

Caritas Samoa is the Catholic Humanitarian Organization.

According to Ms. Ah Wai, Caritas is a Latin word, which translates meaning “LOVE”.

“It is an arm to help reaching out in the Community. Caritas Samoa was also a huge help and assistance reaching out during Tsunami 2009,” she said.

“A lot of our work we do with love especially reaching out for the Poor. 

“We also work together in partnership with other organizations like Samoa Red Cross, the Government Ministries - DMO and Meteorology with the aim to network with other Private sector, Government Ministries to mainstream our programs out in the Community and also through Parishes and other Non-Denomination. 

“In the meantime we are having our ongoing programs for Disaster Preparedness, Livelihood and Recovery. 

“There are more than 200 Volunteers who register to be part of Caritas Samoa who will work voluntary through their love and kind services.

“It was an amazing opportunity receiving this Award from Apia Samoa Central Stake, recognizing our services and work throughout the community. 

“There will more awareness and advocacy programs not only for Disaster but for Health, Education and Youth. 

“This will create a strong networking with our lead Government Ministries through our programs.”

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