27 Aug 2007

Foundation for troubled teens in Samoa will offer financial help for some locals to attend

11:15 am on 27 August 2007

A new facility for troubled male teens in Samoa says scholarships will be offered to suitable applicants.

The Manuia Foundation has just opened its campus on Upolu to rehabilitate delinquent boys aged between 13 and 18 years of age.

Proprietor, Alema Fitisemanu, says there's been international interest in the inaugural five month programme, which begins in October.

He says although appealing to the wealthy, with a daily charge of $400 US a day for the programme, scholarships will be on offer.

"This programme is a great programme. It's basically a very high end programme but we've also set aside, knowing a lot of our ethnic families wouldn't be able to afford this programme, we started a non profit foundation in the United States and in Samoa, to raise money so that we can scholarship kids that we select that we know would definitely thrive on the programme, but can't afford it."