Lakopo Loasa, a resident of Leulumoega, is pleading for water and electricity.
“The government’s water supply can never come through this area,” Lakopo told Village Voice.
The 30-year-old said they have been struggling with the problem for a long time.
“The same thing goes for electricity because as you can see; there are no electricity poles throughout this whole area,” he said.
“Water and electricity connections can be found in the inner areas of this village but out here, we have nothing. That’s where everything is but looking at the families here, I think in all fairness, we all deserve to have the same life.
“I don’t really mind not having electricity because I know water matters more to everyone.
“A lot of families are settling in this area and I cannot help but ask why the government can’t figure out a way for their water to reach the outer parts of this village.
“They need to find a way to make it possible for us to have water supplies as well because I know most of the people that have moved here are scared to live in the inner village ever since the tsunami in 2009.”
Lakopo said they had been donated water tanks from the government last month.
“We are thankful for all these but we always tend to struggle when getting water from faraway places.
“This is the dry season, so if there’s no rain, then these water tanks will remain empty and most of us always end up staying with our families in the inner part of the village.”
“Our plantations are here in the forestry side of the village so you get why we always come back here. Not only do we have our homes here, we also have our plantation here.”
Lakopo stays with his brother and they are both farmers.
“We don’t need much, we just need water. The government must do something about their water supply not getting through to other areas and locations because that’s the only problem we have that we can’t fix.”