Goshen Trust Incorporated CEO, Naomi Eshraghi accepts the van keys from Vaoga Lipa of ASCO Motors as staff and Board members look on.
By Lagi Keresoma
APIA, SAMOA – 04 MAY 2020: The Embassy of South Korea has donated a much needed van to assist the Goshen Trust Incorporated’s work amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
Speaking to the media at the handover today, Goshen Chief Executive Officer Naomi Eshraghi receiving the vehicle is perfect timing for the organization as most of their work and programs have been suspended for some time.
There are 12 patients currently hosted at Goshen, 3 women and 9 men. One of the patients is from New Zealand and is awaiting his referral back to New Zealand.
Most of the patients have mental health conditions that Naomi believes need a proper routine and activity they can participate in.
“This routine or program is specifically designed for them, and we hope it can be put into practice at their homes too, and this is why the car is very important for Goshen staff to visit patients’ families for awareness and follow up programs once a patient returns home.
“Although they all have mental health conditions, they all come from homes where discipline is taught. It may seem stressful but they are never idle. To them this is a school,” said Naomi.
She believes the patients have been through a lot in their lives and have been stigmatized.
“Only the doctor can authorize the release of a patient back to the community,” said Naomi.
“The patients get to visit their families twice a month depending on the response from families or relatives,” said Naomi.
The vehicle is funded by the South Korea Embassy and supplied by ASCO Motors at a cost of $81,000. Vaoga Lipa of ASCO presented the keys to Naomi before the patients were treated to a ride in their new 15 seater van.