Sapati steps up to be the man of the house

Sapati Tuli has a message for the young people in the villages.

He wants them to manage their time wisely.

The 18-year-old from Satapuala shared his opinion with the Village Voice yesterday when he was on his way home from the plantation.

Sapati lives in Faleasiu-uta with his mom and four siblings. 

His dad passed away years ago, which is when he decided to stay home to look after his family.

“In my family, it is just my mom and my siblings,” he said.

“We live together and work together by supporting each other, even though I know it will always feel incomplete without the presence of my dad, but its life.”

The young man works for a lawn mowing business.

During his days off, he works on his plantation. 

 “This is what I do when I am free,” he said. “I do extra work to help my family. My own priority is our plantation and I also have to look after my family.”

Sapati said his mother and siblings are his priority. And he has learnt something critical in his young life.

“To me, time is important,” he said.

“There is this saying ‘time waits for no man.’ This is why we need to use the time wisely.

“Use it to get something good out of it. For young people, they need to use it wisely to help their families. 

 “For me personally, time spent with my family is valuable… look after them while you have the time because when the time comes when you’re going to have a family of your own, at least you have done something for your family.”

Sapati said we should also appreciate what we have.

 “I thank God for my family even without the presence of my dad,” he said. “I can still feel the warmth of family support through the strong support of my mother.”

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