Taumaoe Pemelika, 57 of Tanumalala needs a water tank.
The Village Voice visited the mother at her residence where she spoke of the hardship their family faces.
“In this day and age everything is expensive, we all suffer in trying to make our families better, us parents are the ones responsible because it is our role to make sure everything is perfect in our families,” she said.
“I know all people are not the same when it comes to personal statuses but in terms of responsibilities we all play the same role.
“As a parent, I care for the safety of my children and how I am going to provide for them, therefore, thank you to this program for choosing me to take part in their Village Voice section so I can raise my issue and point out what is lacking in our home,” she said.
“Right now, we really need a water tank.”
For Taumaoe their family depends heavily on the plantation for a living. “We have water but because its expensive this determines the extent our farm can go because farming works around water
“We have many plans in extending our plantation but due to the expensive water bills we use water conservatively.
“But mind you, people are not the only ones who rely on water; we have animals and crops.”
“So with the limited water usage we cannot put our plans to action with what we want.”
The 57 year old mother believes that having a water tank will minimise water expenses.
“You know, my kids used to get diarrhoea because of the dirty water from our tap.”
“We do have a concrete tank at the moment but it’s starting to leak, and when it leaks it’s not good for our health issues.
“So for that reason, we really need a water tank.”
“To be honest, we may have water but the expensive water bill is an issue.”
Taumaoe Pemelika lives in Tanumalala with her husband and five children, with the 62 year old father as the sole provider of the family. The plantation is their main source of living.