A mother’s sacrifice for her family

A saying goes what you do as a mother matters, and it is valuable and precious in God’s eyes. 

For 45-year-old mother, Serisa Mavaega from Vailu’utai, sacrificing her life for her family is the greatest gift she can give them.

Serisa is a hardworking mother who runs a stall to sell ice cake at her village.

All this is to help provide for her family’s financial needs.

She believes that sacrificing for one’s family and children is the way to get through any hurdles in life. 

This was her opinion to the Village Voice. 

“The one reason I started this stall was for my family. I love my family especially my children,” she said.

“To be honest, this is me, no matter how tired I am most of the time, I always want to provide and contribute to my family to the best of my ability.”

“And even though most days are difficult earning as little as $5 a day from her stall, there is always a feeling of appreciation.”

“I have two children and they are still in school.”

“That means I have to work hard to contribute to our daily needs, no matter how significant or little I get, I make sure it’s for my family especially my kids in school,” she said. 

Serisa explained that what she’s doing everyday is all about love.

“If you don’t have any love in your heart then you won’t be able to achieve anything good to take care of your family.”  

“My children are my strength, no matter how hard the cost of living is, but I always try my best to do what I can to help my family out.”

Without love in her heart for her family, Serisa says she would have quit a long time ago.

“As I’ve mentioned earlier, my family is my strength and the most precious gift from God.”

“Our life is a battle field where we fight our own battles and when we get tired of everything we come back to family and children to get strength and get ready for another battle.” 

“That’s why I’m pushing myself to do this every day.”

How’s life in the village for Serisa?

“Life here is peaceful because of the strong village councils we have,” said Serisa.

“There is a huge difference between life in the village and life in Apia, we all know that most villages don’t have village councils, hence why there are a lot of problems in Apia.”

“There are some villages that are under the guidance of strong village councils as well, but most of the villages don’t.”

“So for us here, we have curfews here in the village to guide everyone and that’s why I love and I prefer living here in the village,” she added.

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