Overwhelmed with the generosity

By Fetalai Tuilulu’u and Aruna Lolani ,

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A happy family: Simati  and his family with are grateful for the money and the other help they have recieved since his story.

A happy family: Simati and his family with are grateful for the money and the other help they have recieved since his story. (Photo: Fetalai Tuilulu’u )

A Good Samaritan who wishes not to be named has offered Simati money to help his family.  

Last week Simati featured in the Village Voice in desperate need of help. 

See story Father desperate for help

He had sold Taula bottles for $7 and used it to buy two loaves of bread and spent three tala on sugar. 

Simati and his wife earn 35 tala a week maintaining a businessman’s land at Vaitele.  

“In order to try and get by each day, I walk around and gather Taula and Taxi bottles to earn a little money.”  

The father had said they were desperate for help. 

“Not only do we hardly have any money, my wife has special needs,” he said. “Right now, she is very hard to care for and look after. We also need money for her appointments and medical bills. 

The worst part is none of his four children are currently going to school. 

“We can’t afford that right now and I don’t know when we will. 

“We might have to wait until I get a job that pays well then save before we put them into school. This is why I really need help,” he said. 

This touched the anonymous helper’s heart and he presented the 200 tala cheque. 

“This family deserves to be helped,” he said. 

 “This money is nothing but to at least buy the kids something nice to eat. 

When presented with the cheque Simati was not only thankful but a very happy father.  

“I do not know who this man is and perhaps we will never meet on this side of heaven,” he said. “But as a parent who needs help, I want to say, “Thank you” to this man and to all of the wonderful people who are like him. 

 “It warms my heart that our family is loved and that this upstanding man is helping a very vulnerable poor family.  Honestly this is the first time I’ve held an amount of money as big as this.

“Thank you is not enough for the help we have received.”

And with that cheque, the first thing Simati said he was going to buy was a sack of rice for his children.

“They have been telling me that they were tired of eating only taro and bananas every day, so thank you again for your help.”

Simati will also be presented with some food and clothes for the kids from other good Samaritans who have contacted the Samoa Observer.

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