Hard work is key, says father

By Deidre Tautua-Fanene ,

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Sevia Sevia with his uncle Fa’ai’u Sevia out to the sea to find a to’ona’i.

Sevia Sevia with his uncle Fa’ai’u Sevia out to the sea to find a to’ona’i. (Photo: Misiona Simo)

Sevia Sevia of Tufulele believes being a farmer and a fisherman is the best way to earn a living.

The Village Voice team met Mr. Sevia at Malua when he was heading out to the sea with his uncle Fa’aiu Sevia.

“A farmer and a fisherman earn a lot more than someone who works in an office,” Mr. Sevia said. 

“This is what we do. 

We would come out here to get some fish for our daily living and most especially on Saturdays because it’s for our family to’ona’i.

“You see people like us, who are not rich, it’s either we turn to the plantation or we come here.” 

Mr. Sevia said this is part of their life because at the end of the day, they have to provide for their family. 

“For an office person they have to wait until the end of the week to get paid or two weeks if they work for the Government.

“But for a farmer or a fisherman, we get money every day and that’s the beauty of it.”

Mr. Sevia said he has two children and it is through fishing and working at his plantation that enables him to put his children through school.

“Life is hard and that’s how it has always been,” he said.

“We can never escape from that fact but I believe it’s how we deal with the hardship that we face nowadays.

“Most people they complain and sit around and that’s why they endure all the hardship because they don’t work. Blessings don’t just fall from the sky we have to work hard for it. 

“Money doesn’t come looking for us, we have to find ways to earn it and as a father, we must always be constantly thinking of ways to provide for our family.

“We are the leaders of our families and most especially we are the breadwinners and therefore we have to work hard.”

Mr. Sevia said from his plantation he earns about $200 a day and when he goes fishing he earns more.

“It is clear in the Bible that if we don’t work we must not eat and that’s how it’s supposed to be,” he said.

“Life is and always will be hard, it’s how we deal with those hardships that matters the most.

“At the end of the day we have to take care of our families and children and we do that by working hard.”

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