Father focuses on raising his children

By Fetalai Tuilulu’u and Aruna Lolani ,

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Focus on children’s welfare: Talavine Malo from Faleula and Tafua just on his way back home from the plantation.

Focus on children’s welfare: Talavine Malo from Faleula and Tafua just on his way back home from the plantation.

Raising your children alone is better than raising it with someone who doesn’t want to.

For Talavine Malo of Faleula and Tafua, he’s doing a pretty good job with taking care of his six children on his own.

Speaking to the Village Voice team, he said his wife left for her own reasons and eventhough it was hard for him to let her go, he had to.

He didn’t want to force anyone to do anything they didn’t want to do, even if it was their responsibility.

“All I do now is make use of all the crops from the plantation to help out my children,” he says to the Village Voice.

“We have bananas, yams, taro, ta’amu that I sell to get money; for my children’s school fees and for food, those are the most important things to me to take care of first.”

The 43 year old was just on his way back from his plantation when Village Voice spotted him.

“My plantation is a little bit far from home but walking is a good way to exercise.”

“This is the only way that I know how to make money for my family.”

“It’s not an easy job to take care of your children alone because sometimes, they need their mother.”

“But despite the situation that we’re in, my children are being very supportive of me because they are old enough to understand what’s going on.”

“We all have struggles and I know we deal with our own struggles in the best way that we know.”

“To God, these are little things and he wouldn’t let us go through it if he knows we can’t handle it.”

“That’s why I try to see every problem that I have as a nail that I’m going to pound with a hammer.”

“My main focus is my children and I know they will create a better future for me.”

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