Princess attends prayer service, Tongans in San Francisco meet to build stonger community

Princess Pilolevu Tuita was guest of honour at a religious service  in San Francisco that marked the begining of a campaign to set up social work activities to support Tongans in Bay Area as well as local communities they live in.

The gathering was held on World Day of Prayer in which fourteen churches met  in a prayer service that followed by a community meeting.

The Tongan community is currently engaging in the San Francisco Tonga Interfaith Just Serve project in which members can come together at weekends to plant trees and clean up places in the area.

Ane Pasina from the community said they also launched a new drive to encourage Tongan locals to become more actively involved in donating blood and organs to their local blood bank. This project is led by one of the Tongan members, William DeBruce.

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Five churches participated in their first community work on March 5 which were led by Rev Maile Koloto of the  Methodist Fale Hufanga, The Tongan consular in San Francisco Sela Tukia,  Leafa Tuita Taumoepeau from Taulama Ma’a e Tonga, members of the St Timonthy Catholic Church of San Mateo and  Siteiki Paula Tonga from Church of Jesus Christ of the Latter Day Saints.

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Members from Methodist San Bruno. Suaesi Maafu, Matapule Tuono, Leafa Tuita Taumoepeau and Kamila Tongilava Maafu. Photo/Ane Pasina

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  1. Ne meʻa fakalāngilangi ʻa e Taʻahine Pilinisesí Pilolevu Tuita ʻi ha fakataha mo ha ʻaho lotu ʻi San Francisco ke fokotuʻu ha komiunitī maʻa e kakai Tonga ʻo e feituʻú ni.

    Naʻe fakahoko ʻa e fakataha ni ʻi he ʻaho lotu ʻoku ʻiloa ko e ʻAho Lotu ʻa Māmaní peá ne kau mai ki ai ʻa e ngaahi siasi ʻe 14.

    I he ngaahi mahina kuo hili ne fai ai ha ui kihe kau faifekau o Bay Area ki ha fakataha ne fakahoko he ofisi oe Konisela Tonga i Burlingame, California ke palani ha ngaahi ngaue feohi mo fakatahataha ai e kakai tonga ke tokonii e komuniti oku mau nofo ai. A ia ne uluaki fakahoko ia aki ha po lotu fakatahataha I he aho Falaite 4 o Māʻasi fakataha ia mo e aho Lotu a Māmani kotoa ne kau mai ki ai ha ngaahi siasi Tonga e 14 pea ko e fakaafe fakalāngilangí ko Pilinisesi Pilolevu Tuita.

    I he ʻaho Tokonaki 5 ʻo Māʻasi ne fakahoko ai e ngaue tokoni ʻa e polokalama ko e Just Serve pe ngaue tokoni pe ngaue ofa.

    Ne uluaki fakahoko ʻeni ki he paaka i Foster City, California a ia ne kau mai ki ai e ngaahi siasi e 5.

    Ne taki mai ai ʻa Faifekau Maile Koloto Siasi ʻo e Methodist Fale Hufanga, Sela Tukia Konisela Tonga, Leafa Tuita Taumoepeau mei he Taulama Ma’ae Tonga kae pehē foki ki he kāinga Siasi Katolika St Timothy o San Mateo. Palesiteni Siteiki Paula Tonga mei he Siasi Mamonga, Suaesi Maafu mo e kau fakafofonga mei he Siasi Methodist San Bruno mo honau kaingalotu.

    Neongo ko e aho ʻeni naʻe uha ne kei lava pe ke fakahoko e ngaue ʻofá ni ʻa ia ko e tufi veve mo e to ngoue.

    Koe ua ki ai ko ha ngaue fakataha ʻa e komiunitií mo e Red Cross ke fakahoko ha kemipeini tānaki toto ke tokoniʻi e pangikē toto fakakoló ai ne ngāue ki ai e takí ko e talavou ko William DeBruce.

    Ko polōsekiʻaki ia hono ua kehe mei he Tongan Just Serve Project.

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