17 Jan 2014

Good Samaritan withdraws aid for sexually abused children in Samoa

2:27 pm on 17 January 2014

The Samoa Victim Support Group is looking for volunteer teachers to educate sexually abused children in its care after a donor from Australia who funded a new school withdrew its assistance.

A source in the organisation who did not want to be identified says the withdrawal comes after the government told the organisation its initial offer to pay teachers cannot be met.

When opening the school last year, the Prime Minister, Tuila'epa Sa'ilele Malielegaoi, announced the Government would provide for paid teachers to educate close to 40 children under the Support Group's supervision and daily care.

The Samoa Victim Support Group is relying on donations and other assistance for its work with children and mothers who are victims of domestic and sexual violence.

There has been no government comment.