Looking for a job to support family children

By Aruna Lolani and Fetalai Tuilulu’u ,

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A Humble request for work: Gary Vaifale and his youngest son from Leauva’a.

A Humble request for work: Gary Vaifale and his youngest son from Leauva’a. (Photo: Fetalai Tuilulu’u)

To improve or develop the life you have and that of your children, you must work to make that happen. 

That’s the belief of Gary Vaifale, a 33 year old father from the village of Le’auva’a, who is pleading for any kind of job to make money and support his family.

“I think that’s the main goal for me because I have a family to think about.

I have children to think about,” he says to the Village Voice.

“You know the cost of living is not cheap anymore and it’s a difficult life if you don’t have a job to earn money.

“The Samoan life is all about church and village obligations and those are some of the things I need to work hard for so I can finance them.”

Gary is a father to four children and while three of them are in school his youngest stays home with the family.

“My children are important to me and they are my first priority.

He went on “Even my wife doesn’t have a job and she’s also trying to find a suitable job for herself because we really need the money.

“At the moment, we are just depending on the plantation for food and money, but honestly, it’s never enough.

“I’m a hardworking person and I know I have to be every day because I have a reason why I need to be like that.

“Nobody wants to see a lazy person around at home when they don’t have a job so that’s why I spend my time at the plantation.

“If you’re strong enough to face all the challenges life is throwing at you then you can do anything, right?

“That’s why I believe that I will survive through everything and it will be okay soon.”

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