No water and electricity

By Fetalai Tuilulu’u ,

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Alex Sefo, aged 21 of Fagaoali’i Savai’i.

Alex Sefo, aged 21 of Fagaoali’i Savai’i. (Photo: Fetalai Tuilulu’u)

Alex Sefo, aged 21 of Fagaoali’i Savai’i lives at Nu’u with his parents and two siblings.

For them life is tough. 

They don’t have water or electricity at their home but that’s not all.  

Alex says they never have enough money to pay for their basic needs, which means they struggle all the time to keep their family fed. 

Alex has been living at Nu’u for about a year now. They moved there because they believed that Upolu is where opportunities are but now they are not so sure.

“We have lived here for a year now, we used to live with my family in Savai’i but we moved here when my grandmother left for overseas. 

And for that one year, they have been living at Nu’u without access to water and electricity. 

“At the moment, we don’t have enough money to get electricity and water to our home.  

“We struggle every day to earn money or leaving. 

He told the Village Voice that life in the village is not always easy but they’re become used to it. 

“It’s not the same every day,” he said.

“Sometimes it’s good, sometime  it gets really tough. But then that’s life. 

“What I mean is that, life in Savai’i is good in the sense that we live on our own land and are free to do what we want to do. Our lives back there, we depended on the land, our plantation for a living and we access edwater and electricity.

“However it’s far different from where we live now.

Alex makes the only income for the family. He works at Frankie Wholesale where he earns a basic wage.

“With the very little money I earn, it covers my two sisters’ bus fares for school as well as food. 

But Alex says what they really needed is water and electricity. 

And he believes that having no access to some of the basic things needed in life is a sign of poverty.

“We desperately needed help with water for food as well as electricity because my sisters have studies to do.” 

Alex finds it so hard to save up for water and electricity because what he earns goes to basic needs and daily support and so he is asking for help from the public. 

 “And that’s why we say that we are poor. 

“But other than that, life here is simple.” 

If you are willing to help Alex and his family, you can contact him through 7280560.

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