Mechanic keeps a positive attitude

By Seia Soloi ,

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ALL FOR THE CHILDREN: Lafaele Toalepai, 32, from Luatuanu’u and Vailele.

ALL FOR THE CHILDREN: Lafaele Toalepai, 32, from Luatuanu’u and Vailele. (Photo: Sei’a Soloi)

Every parent dreams about their children succeeding.

They want them to have the best life ever, not depending on other people to provide for them.

It’s the same for Lafaele Toalepai, 32 from Luatuanuu and Vailele.

The hard-working father of five is a mechanic and his priority is his children. All three attend Luatuanu’u Primary School.

“I want them to have a better future,” he said.

“Every morning, I drop off my kids at school then I go to work, I want them to be safe, healthy and strong every day. As a father I know I must work hard to provide for my kids. I put them first in everything I do.”

Lafaele’s wife stays home to care for their house.

He is the only breadwinner.

“Providing for my family is not easy especially if you have more than three kids to feed in school. When you are the only one who works it’s very difficult.

 ‘The money I earn from my work is for my children. It is also spent on water and electricity bills.”

Asked about the cost of living, he said there is nothing he can do about it so it doesn’t bother him.

“I know it’s expensive but I have to do the best I can to help my family,” he said.

“I also have a little plantation I use to get food and fall back on when times get tough.

“So to me it’s about adjusting and making sure we do the best with whatever situation we find ourselves in.”

Lafaele said his motivation is to see his kids succeed when all is said and done.

“I envision that everyday,” he said.

“I want to see my kids grow and be successful and live a much better life than what we have.”

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