20 December 2021, Apia – As part of its community services for 2022, the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) Community paid a visit to the Mapuifagalele Home of the Elderly in Vailele, Samoa to spread Christmas cheers to its elderly residents.
Mapuifagelele is run by the Little Sisters of the Poor, a congregation of the Catholic Church committed to offer the neediest elderly of every race and religion a home where they will be welcomed and cared for as family in their old age. The home relies heavily on donations from the Samoan community and the general public.
The SPREP Community donated various goods including hygiene and healthcare items, food and fresh produce which were among the most needed items that were identified by the Sisters to assist with the welfare and care of the elderlies.
SPREP’s Acting Director General, Ms Easter Chu Shing, said the SPREP Community is committed to making donations to selected charities during the Christmas season as part of their services to the local communities.
“With the many challenges experienced this year locally and globally especially with the impacts of COVID19, the SPREP community has chosen to support the Mapuifagalele Home of the Elderly during this festive season. It is our way of giving back to our community and we pray that our good Lord will continue to bless, protect, and provide for the Sisters and the elderly residents of Mapuifagalele”.
The Sisters of the Poor expressed their gratitude for the donation on behalf of the elderly residents of the Mapuifagalele Home of the Elderly. The SPREP staff were joined by the residents in singing Christmas carols to end their visit.