A mother’s love is unconditional and it knows no boundaries when it comes to securing opportunities for her children’s future.
That is what Matauaina Apelu told the Village Voice team while asking assistance for her daughter’s tuition fees.
“My daughter wants to be a scientist in the future and because my husband is the only one working, we cannot afford to pay her tuition of $2,070 at the National University of Samoa,” said Mrs. Apelu.
Her daughter is the eldest of five siblings.
“My other children attend Avele College and our youngest baby attends the primary school here in the village.”
“Any mother wants a steady life for her children and growing up in a poor family where we have to share everything; we just want our children to have better futures.”
“My husband is the only one working and he gets $200 a week.”
“So you see there’s so much to do from caring for our families to church obligations.”
“The money is never enough with the high cost of living, the bills and church stuff. By the time everything is paid for, all we have left is maybe $60 for food.”
“My husband is looking for other means such as asking his boss to pay for my daughter’s tuition.”
“I suggested to my husband that I will go and look for a job to help, but that is not even optional.”
“I have to take our baby to school and then I have to take care of my husband’s parents in terms of cooking them food, so looking for a job is not the answer.”
“I am asking through the Village Voice for any good Samaritan to please help my daughter secure a good future.”
“She’s a bright student, her marks are quite good and I hope that someone will lend a hand.”
Mrs. Apelu said there were times she suggested to her daughter to quit school, but that was not the answer.
“I thought to myself, if my daughter quits school to stay home and look for a job, she will end up exactly where I am today, poor.”
“I don’t want that for her.”
“All my children stay here with us, we don’t want to let our children live with other relatives.”
“As poor as we are, I’d rather see them live freely here under our roof then send them to live with our families,” she said.
If you want to help Mrs. Apelu and her daughter, you can reach her on phone number 7590706.