The nofotane women of Sapapali’i, Iva, Fusi and Fatausi gathered at the C.C.C.S. Hall at Sapali’i for the 26th session of livelihood trainings for the Nofotane Project.
In addition to the women, their children and the youth were included in the training, an initative by Reverend Esera Auatama and his wife, Tamara, to train the young ones as they are the future of families, villages and churches.
And it was an initiative that proved useful as the children easily learned how to make pork buns and mix colors for elei printing.
The nofotane women were well supported as their husbands tended to the normal chores at home while their wives and their children attended the nofotane livelihood trainings.
At the handicraft session, the nofotane women were more interested to learn how to make bags from trash.
Should they master this new skill, the nofotane women will not only contribute financially towards their families, but they will help with climate change initiatives by re-using plastics than disposing theme into the environment.
For the nofotane women of Sapapalii, the leadership role of Rev. Esera and Tamara Auatama of the Congregational Christian Church in Samoa, the only church denomination at Sapapalii, attested to the increased number of participants from Sapapalii.
“Thank you so much Rev. Esera and Tamara for being strong supporters of S.V.S.G.’s work,” President Siliniu Lina Chang said.
“Thank you also to your contribution towards a successful training program.”
“This is our collective responsibility towards gender equality. Because at the end of the day, a nofotane woman will always be a nofotane; the project is not attempting to change this cultural aspect of the FaaSamoa.
“The project merely aims to improve the economic empowerment of women and to increase their participation in domestic and community matters, as these are some of the most important contributing factors to achieving gender equality.”