No water, no electricity

By Fetalai Tuilulu’u ,

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DAILY TASK: Misa Eneliko walks every day to fill up these containers of water.

DAILY TASK: Misa Eneliko walks every day to fill up these containers of water.

It’s not normal. 

When a father’s daily chore is walking long distances with a wheelbarrow and water containers to fetch water for the family, there is something very wrong somewhere.

For Misa Eneliko, from the village of Leulumoega Tuai, that is his reality. 

Aged 39, Eneliko treks to the nearby water pipe every day for water.

“This is my job every single day and it’s not easy at all,” Misa told the Village Voice. 

“I walk around the village to fetch water for my family. The water is a real issue around here in the village and we are used to living this way.” 

“We live far inland and only when it rains heavily do we get water for food and all that.” 

It’s not an ideal way to live but since water is vital in life, Misa has no other choice.

“For all I know, we have asked the relevant authority for help but until now, I don’t know what is happening.”

Misa said they have had to put up with this for seven years.

There is another dilemma.

 “The water for some families is metered. So sometimes, the families refuse to lend us water because they will have to pay for the bill. So we go without water if we can’t find any.”

The family also don’t have electricity.

For Misa’s family he has kids who are in school and this affects their studies.

“We’ve also requested for electricity but until now we still don’t have any.”

“If only we earn enough it would have been easy for us to get electricity however we really try to make do with what we earn. “

“You see, the plantation is our only source of income and you do know really well that money is quick to disappear.” 

Misa can do with some help. If want to help him with his electricity of water problems, he can be contacted on 7796325.

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