Father walks everywhere to sell pork buns for kids’ education

By Seia Soloi ,

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A DAY IN THE LIFE OF A LOVING FATHER: Anitelea Simone walks from Tulaele to Vaitele to sell pork buns.

A DAY IN THE LIFE OF A LOVING FATHER: Anitelea Simone walks from Tulaele to Vaitele to sell pork buns. (Photo: Sei’a Soloi)

It is every parent’s dream to see their children grow up to be successful people in life.

Some parents don’t mind the struggle they face every day as long as its another step towards realising that dream.

That is exactly the case for Anitelea Simone, 36-years old from Tulaele.

 He sells pork buns from Monday to Saturday. He sells more than eighty pork buns a day. 

 “It’s hard because I’m the only one in the family who works and provides for my wife and children,” he said.

 “This is our only source of income. I know it’s not easy but I have to work.”

Anitelea wants his children to get a good education.

“For me the main thing is to push them to go to school because I don’t want them to be like me in the future.”

Anitelea’s job requires him to be fit. He walks from Vailoa Faleata to Vaitele to sell his pork buns. Rain or shine, he is at work.

 “My wife stays home and looks after our children when they come home from school. This is my every day job, sometimes I don’t feel good but I still have to work.”

Village and Church donations cost Anitelea and his family lots of money.

 “It’s very expensive but we still do it,” he said. “It’s part of life but my priority now is my children.”

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