There is no such thing as an easy life.
Euta Siali’i says that whether you live in Savai’i or Apia, everyone faces the same challenges. But the 50-year-old prefers village life.
“Life in the village is very simple,” said the father of five from the village of Fasito’o-tai.
“We all know that when we talk about rural areas or life in villages, our minds paint a picture of the real Samoan lifestyle and simple.
“But it’s not always the case. There are many challenges in the village.”
Peace and security though are well maintained due to the Village Councils.
“I’m only talking about my village here; everyone lives peacefully, hardly any pollution from companies like the area at Vaitele.
“We also have the opportunity to participate in village activities at anytime, and to learn more about the culture every day from the elders.
“For my family, we live together; we share our views together for the good of others especially the future of our children.
“In terms of the environment, everyone lives in beautiful and natural surroundings, there is land to work on to provide food and to take care of their families.”
Euta said Village Councils play such a critical role.
“They keep everything together so that everyone can live peacefully,” he said.
“This is how our past ancestors used to live back then, they turned to the sea or plantation when they needed food.
“They relied on their own hands, no matter how tough life was.
“That was the simplicity of life we used to enjoy.
“For some villages, they are still living this type of life and that’s really good.”
For Euta, he says the government can do a lot more to develop life in the villages.
“We’ve been hearing this saying that what’s good for Upolu is also good for Savaii, what is good for Apia is good for us here at Fasito’o and other villages.
“I think the government should organise some concrete developments for us back here.
“For example like education, they should allocate more quality teachers to the villages to improve the schools.
“They also need to look at improving roads and the water supply to many families in this side of the country.”