14 March, 2018. Samoa – Samoa’s Civil Society Support Program has reached out over social media after discovering that a 5000L water tank donated by CSSP Partners was advertised for sale on local sales page, Makeki Online.
The tank, one of many that were donated for the benefit of vulnerable families in rural areas of Samoa, was advertised for sale earlier today by a local user of Facebook.
Asking for the price of $1,200 tala, the seller claimed that the family which were donated the tank was “moving to Savaii” and that “they needed money”, which meant the tank was up for sale.
The post read in Samoan, “Selling this 5000L water tank, only been used for one year. It’s not expensive for its size, going for the price of $1,200 tala or any price near that amount.”
The seller then gave a contact number and posted photos of the tank showing the CSSP logo as well as donor partners logos (Australian Aid & European Union) on the sticker still attached to the side of the tank.
A little while later, the original post was shared on the CSSP Samoa Facebook page, with a reply by CSSP management.
CSSP’s post stated, “We are saddened to find that this tank is being sold on Makeki Online. We would like to remind the public that it is against the law to sell items that were donated from overseas donors to the people of Samoa.”
“Be watchful because our donors can see this and they are seeing how their money is being spent. ”
Commenting on CSSP’s post, members of the public were both saddened and outraged that the donated tank was being sold for financial gains, while many other families in Samoa are still trying to survive without clean, running water.
One comment read, “My village still doesn’t have running water, yet this person is selling the tank that was kindly donated to them. This is very bad.”
Another user wrote, “This person has no brains, they got a free tank donated to them and now they bring it to sell as if it was from their own money.”
The original sale post has since been removed by the Makeki Online page.
Following a phone call to Tank Guy Samoa, their 5000L tanks are priced at $2,700tala.
The Civil Society Support Programme (CSSP), represents a combined initiative of the Samoa Government, AusAID and European Union as well as Civil Society Organization (CSO) representatives to improve aid effectiveness. CSSP’s overall purpose is to deliver sustainable social and economic benefits to the people of Samoa through donor funded projects in vulnerable communities.
Reporter with Samoa Planet.
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