Life is simple, unless you don’t have water

By Fetalai Tuilulu’u and Aruna Lolani ,

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Getting water is not easy: Vesi Faamatuaitu on his way from  getting  water from the village river.

Getting water is not easy: Vesi Faamatuaitu on his way from getting water from the village river. (Photo: Aruna Lolani)

After speaking to the Village Voice, it was clear that Vesi Faamatuaitu and his family are struggling with water as well as many other families that Village Voice has discovered.

Our people are working for what they need but it doesn’t change the fact that the cost of living cintinues to rise and that has put the people in a difficult situation to keep up with their payments.

Vesi from Lufilufi and Fusi Safata said he’s been carrying buckets of water back and forth from the village river because their water was cut off three months ago.

“I came home one day and the water cut,” he told Village Voice. 

“I work as do most of my siblings but you know there are still times where we cannot do everything at once.

“It depends on what we prioritise the most.

“We still have an elderly father who needs our help all the time.

“So you know sometimes we get caught up with family stuff and we forget about other matters.”

Vesi has six siblings; he has three sisters here and the others are overseas.

“You know just because we work doesn’t mean everything will be okay.  The cost of living is way too much for us and I know that’s why there are issues with water and electricity all over Samoa. 

“My other two sisters work while the other stays home with her husband to take care of our father. “My father is not as strong as he used to so he needs to be taken care of all the time. 

“I work too and I stay at Fusi Safata with my wife and my children but I always come here to Lufilufi to check on my father from time to time and also to help out with some of the chores; such as carrying buckets of water from river.

“As you can see it’s not really work that’s suitable for my sisters because I don’t think it’s easy.

“So at the moment, we are trying to work this out because getting water this way is a pain.”

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