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Help Samoa Containers Bring Aid to Two Samoas

Help Samoa Containers Bring Aid to Two Samoas

CARSON, CA, November 2, 2009 -  A total of 10 containers packed floor to ceiling with disaster relief items such as food, water, clothing, diapers and medical supplies arrived in Samoa on Thursday Oct 28, 2009, and American Samoa on Friday, October 29, 2009.

With the invaluable donation of 15 containers, labor, and ocean line transportation from the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) and Local 13, the Help Samoa Disaster Relief Coalition sent three 40-foot containers and one 20-foot container to Samoa, as well as six 20-foot containers to American Samoa. Two of the community’s faith-based organizations filled the remaining five.

“A lot of people worked hard for the first shipment and we want to acknowledge their contributions,” says Chief Loa Pele Faletogo, Coalition Chair.  “But without the tremendous assistance from these angels from the ILWU, we wouldn’t have been able to get the materials to those who need it most.”

Help Samoa’s partner non-governmental organizations, Native American Samoa Advisory Council (NASAC) in American Samoa, and Samoa Umbrella of Non-Governmental Organizations (SUNGO)  and Pan Pacific and Southeast Asia Women’s Association (PPSEAWA) in Samoa , have received the containers and are already hard at work distributing items to those most in need.

Help Samoa’s second shipment of containers left the Port of Los Angeles on Friday October 30, 2009 and is estimated to arrive in American Samoa on November 14, 2009.  The Coalition is currently raising funds for its third shipment, which will focus on building materials and supplies.

ILWU Local 13 Union Partners
Photo Credit: 'Amelia Niumeitolu

Caption: Help Samoa Disaster Relief Coalition Drop Off Center and Headquarters
Photo Credit: 'Amelia Niumeitolu

9 comments (Add your own)

1. Vaaia Laumoli-Laie wrote:

Wed, November 4, 2009 @ 12:13 AM

2. seira ah fook wrote:
you are true Samoans, you GOT the HEART of a true Samoan, thanks alot for the great support, \

Wed, November 4, 2009 @ 4:46 PM

3. seira ah fook wrote:
o lo outou alofa ua le mafaitaulia o a mea ua faagaogaoina ia faatutumu e le Atua

Wed, November 4, 2009 @ 4:47 PM

4. fp wrote:
After this it was like a big big it took alot of LOVE and SUPPORT. Like too thank all my Bros and Sis for coming out that day....Choo Hooo....Malo lava le Galue....

Tue, October 19, 2010 @ 11:10 AM

5. wrote:
where did your Aid go to..lmao.. Samunda or Samoa...

Wed, May 18, 2011 @ 4:19 PM

6. Mana wrote:
That poor bear and poor pueingn! But some sacrifices are needed for the cookies, lol! I bet they were wonderful with the pretzels, I love that stuff. Were they crunchy still? I'm with you, just the dough would make me happy! And the healthy ones don't look bad either ;)!

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Sun, December 9, 2012 @ 2:19 PM

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