15 Aug 2013

Social problems in Samoa target of new church and media project

3:16 pm on 15 August 2013

The Seventh Day Adventist church in Samoa has launched a new project to counter social problems, such as domestic violence, sexual abuse, suicide, drug use, and teenage pregnancy.

The church's development and relief agency programme aims to use local media to that end with a project called Open the Door.

Its director, Su'a Julia Wallwork, says there are communication barriers between Samoan parents and their children.

The director was reminded of cultural practices where most parents in rural villages often don't want to talk about social issues with their children, especially not about sex abuse.

But Su'a says she hopes there will be a way to solve it to create a better understanding within the home.

The project promotes positive attitudes and behaviour within families.