Teach the children and their future will be bright

Meet Sikoti Elui of Siusega and Nu’u

The 46-year-old father of two lives to tell the story of how tough life is.

But he is more concerned about the moral decay in Samoa – especially the problems between parents and children.

“When a parent misses the opportunity to teach vital lessons to their children when they’re still young, there’s a chance they might not have a successful future,” he said. 

“I believe in parents passing down these lessons so the children can succeed. Lead them and teach them about how hard life is and they will know what to do.”

Sikoti said too many families don’t communicate and parents are failing their children.

“We need to look at the problems of today and accept that somewhere somehow we have failed,” he said.

“If we want our children to succeed in the future, we need to instill in them the values today. It starts in our homes.”

Sikoti caught up with the Village Voice while making his way to fetch some poumuli to fix their home. 

“Today’s my day off from work so I had to get some pomuli to extend our house. 

“As you can see this is the way we live. Aside from my work, I do the house chores. We are just trying to get by on a day to day basis. 

“I admit that my family doesn’t have much but we still do our best and work hard for what we want and need.

 “We have access to food and water. When we are really in need of financial assistance then we call some of our family overseas if they can help. 

“Right now we are just trying to fix up our house that we are living in because there is a lot that is broken.” 

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