Toeupu Faigalotu from the village of Savai’i Fagasa Sataua has a dream.
He doesn’t want his grown up children to continue the life of hardship he has had to bear.
Aged 29, he is now residing at Nu’u Fou with his family and he has had to look for a job so that he can make a few tala to provide for his children and put them through school.
He dreams of earning money to put his 10 and 8 year old daughters through school so that they will have better lives than the one he has.
“My girls used to go school in Savai’i where we first lived but since we moved here they haven’t been to school, because at the moment we are trying to settle down first.
“While we were in Savai’i I worked hard in my plantation so that I could put my children through school,” Toeupu told the Village Voice.
“I have three beautiful girls they are everything to me, to tell you the truth, it’s so hard seeing them at home while every other kid in the village is at school.
Toeupu says that all he dreams about is working to put his girls to school.
“My main motivation to earn money is so that my children spend time in classrooms and not around the house.
“We struggle and I’m trying my very best so that they will be in school to give them a good future.”
He wanted his children to notice the struggle he faces.
“I want them to notice how hard it is for their parents and I don’t ever want to see them struggle like we do.
“That’s all I wish for; I want them to live happily.”
Last Wednesday Toeupu started working at the Princessa Shop at Vailoa.
“I know I can do very little with the cost of living being so expensive.
“I haven’t got my pay yet because I just started working last Wednesday and I hope I will be able to put my children next week into school.”