They say home is a place where you can feel comfortable.
It’s a sanctuary that keeps one safe.
Sadly that’s not how Su’e Epati from Faleasi’u uta sees her home.
The 64-year-old stays with one of her children and grandchildren in a small fale. The roof is covered with a tarpaulin.
Su’e told the Village Voice their house is the way it is because that is all she can afford.
Her husband passed away last month and everything just became even more difficult for her but she’s still trying her best to support her family with the little things she gets.
“Honestly; we are a very poor family,” Su’e said.
“I have three daughters but all are unemployed and so I just live my own life with what I have.
“My children have moved out and live with their own families but these little children here; they belong to one of my daughters but they are like my own now.
“I work the lands on most days so I can at least have something to earn some money from.
“We have water but most of the time it doesn’t run and we don’t have electricity because we can’t afford it; so we use kerosene lamps throughout the night.
“I can’t afford anything that could make this house look like a comfortable home because I spend whatever money I get on food for my grandchildren.”
Su’e seems to need help with so many things.
But her most pressing need is her house.
“Despite the many things that I don’t have, the only thing I really need help with is my house.
“I just want to have a comfortable home with proper roofing and other things, and maybe secured water but I can’t do it on my own because I don’t have much.”
If you want to help out Su’e Epati with her situation, please contact Samoa Observer at Vaitele on 23078.