Working hard is the life of Savea Iosefa.
The 50-year-old father from the village of Solosolo does this because he is one of those fathers who wants his children to succeed.
Savea is a father of eight. One of his children is already working in New Zealand and is contributing to the development of the family.
Speaking to the Village Voice, he admits that despite getting a helping hand from his son in New Zealand, coping with the cost of everyday living is tough.
“Everyday is a struggle,” he said.
“Money is always an issue and I think it’s something that’s not confined to one family. Everyone suffers one way or another.”
Looking at the way life is, Savea said education is the solution to the problem.
“I have to warn every parent, that it’s now or never!”
“Push the children to school and make sure they are educated well so that they will not have to worry about anything else in life.”
Savea works hard for his children.
“Our family has a plantation. When my children were in school, the plantation paid their school fees, as well as the many fa’alavelave and other obligations.”
“I have always told my children, that they have to work hard so they don’t have to rely on others for a living.”
His plantation also provides food for the family.
“I use the food from our plantation to feed my family,” he said.
“I think the only time we need money is when it comes to fa’alavelave, and other obligations but food is everywhere, and that’s why I’m not worried.”
“I’m not saying that my family is not struggling, yes we need help sometimes but it’s just the way it is.”
For the future the father says it is important to encourage parents and young people to do their best.
“We need to push our children to do well in education because they are the future.”
“Children must know that families depend on their success. They need to be smart; life isn’t easy anymore.”
“This should not be just talk and sit around because actions speak louder than words.”
The father wanted to remind people that this world is a not a hundred percent place.
“For the life itself, if people don’t think hard enough and sweat to work hard, nothing good in the world will come out of it.”
“I’m only reminding everyone, and I want Samoa to be a better place.”