Your family needs you.
That is the firm opinion of nineteen-year-old Maitua Tu’ina of Fasito’o-Uta when he was approached by the Village Voice while selling different crops on the side of the road.
He works at the Sheraton Hotel at Mulifanua and he’s the only one who has an outside job.
“My family has a big plantation and that really helps for our daily survival.” He told the Village Voice.
“We sell pumpkin for $10, taro for $20 and $5 for coconuts and we plant different kinds of crops from our plantation.
“What I’ve earned from work also helps, but just a little, not compared to what we earn from these crops.
He knows that many young youths are ashamed to sell crops in public places.
“That’s not love, the thing is if you really have to have the heart to serve your family, you would do whatever needs to be done to make sure that they’re served with love and respect.” he said.
“Whether you work all day long or not and you feel that your family needs your help, please set a time aside and step in to help.
“Whether it’s in the family, church or whatever, remember, love is all about having a good heart and work from there.
“God will bless you abundantly.
Maitau and his family attend the Church of the Latter Day Saints.
“Our family learns a lot from church because we have a programme once a month of how to develop your family, how to make good use of the soil to grow crops for the family and so much more.
“I think that really helps us.
Continuing to help his family is Maitau’s first priority.
“For now, I want to put my family first above everything...I mean always family first.
“I want to encourage young members of our country that no matter where we go, no matter what we do, but if you don’t love your family it’s a waste of time.
“Personally, spending more time with your parents while we still have time is the most important thing in this world.
“Because that is one of the problems why there’s so many things happening in our world and Samoa today.... because youths are staying away from their parents but live on their own.
“But, we must remember, that they’re our comfort in times that we need help, they are the only ones who we can trust when problems arise in our lives.”