Father needs help with water tank

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WE NEED A WATER TANK: Mulipola Kerisimasi speaks up about his struggles.

WE NEED A WATER TANK: Mulipola Kerisimasi speaks up about his struggles.

It’s been five years and Mulipola Kerisimasi is still without water connection. 

The father of five, from Salua Manono-Uta, yesterday shed light on the difficulties of living without water connection. 

Speaking to the Village Voice team, he said for five years he has had to live this problem and a water tank would help his family.

Mr. Kerisimasi says he is trying to save money to get his family a water tank. 

He is employed but the little money he receives is not enough to cater for his family’s needs.  

“My family really needs a tank; I don’t get paid hundreds of dollars. I get paid about $100 and by the time I get money, I just have a look at it and then spend it on things like my children’s education,” the 36-year-old said. 

He said efforts to get a water tank from the Red Cross had been unsuccessful so far. 

“Life has become really hard and everything depends on money,” he added.

Mr. Kerisimasi said they fetch buckets of water from other families who lived in the coastal area.

He is grateful to the Chinese businesses in Samoa for helping families like his cope with the increasing cost of living. 

“Even though we complain about the Chinese people, one thing is certain, they have eased my burden. Going to a shop that is owned by a Samoan is when you will realise the big difference from the Chinese shop they have the same products but the prices are very different from each other.”

His problems do not end there. He says he also has his four children’s education to worry about and their welfare. 

Mr. Kerisimasi said half of his pay would go to his bus fare to and from work every day. 

Anyone who is willing to help Mr. Kerisimasi’s family with a water tank, contact the number 7296815.

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