Tsunami-hit communities in Samoa are being helped to heal through Australia’s sport for development.
The 2009 Pacific tsunami caused wide spread destruction and loss of life in Samoa. Now a short story competition run by NRL Samoa is encouraging kids to write about their experiences during the tsunami and share the stories with each other and the community. The NRL team has been visiting schools across the island awarding prizes of books, art supplies and footballs to winning entries. This is just one component of the Pacific Sports Partnerships program, which is helping support the mental wellbeing of children and creating a healthier and more inclusive Samoa.
On 23 August Concetta Fierravanti-Wells, Minister for International Development and the Pacific, visited a primary school to see a sports clinic in action. The Minster announced a new $70,000 partnership between the Australian Government and the NRL to deliver a youth empowerment program. The innovative program will tackle important issues such as healthy lifestyles and the role of women and girls. This partnership extends Australia’s commitment to the region through sport. To date the Pacific Sports Partnerships program has reached 18 schools across the island, delivering 133 programs to more than 20,000 school children.
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