Young father picks up valuable life skills

By Ilia L Likou 22 October 2017, 12:00AM

To cope with the challenges of life requires a lot of hard work.

Getting where we want to be and what we need is hard sometimes but when we do make it, it is always a beautiful scene.

That’s how 33-year-old Auomala Auva’a views the challenges life throws at him and his utmost best to tackle them for the sake of his family.

The father of two was on his way home from work yesterday when the Village Voice team met him. 

Auomala possesses basic carpentry skills and he works at Vaitele-Fou to help earn for his family’s financial wellbeing.

“I’m not a real carpenter but I learn from my brother in law whenever he goes to do his work at some family’s home,” he said.

He knows that life is all about working hard.

“Honestly this is the only way that I can contribute to my family, I have two children and I tell you, supporting my children is not cheap anymore in Samoa.”

“It requires a lot of hard work.”

“The fact is, if you want a better future for your children but you spend the rest of your life in the house doing nothing then you’ll die from hunger and your children will follow you.”

“It’s not dreaming big for your children, but you hardly get up from bed every morning, no, that’s not love.”

Auomala is also concerned about the rising number of unemployment in the country.

“I think that’s why many families in Samoa are struggling because many don’t know where to turn to find the right job,” he said. 

“And if you find a job, the problem of struggling remains because of the high cost of living.”

“I think most parents can finish $100 for only nappies and milk for one child, that’s the real truth in Samoa.”

“We must understand that looking at the problem is not the answer but we have to work on it, the time when we only complain and sit around, we’ll starve to death.”

Auomala said the increase in crime rate committed by youths was because of unemployment.

“When they have nothing good to do in their spare time, they will surely be doing something no one thinks they will be doing,” he said.

“To me, this is something that the government should think of; it’s not easy to cope with the nonsense from the young youths of today.”

“But occupying their time in work opportunities will help them to stop what they’re doing but focus on something for the betterment of their future.”

Auomala is seeking for any carpentry-related jobs or caretaker work to help him in supporting his family.

By Ilia L Likou 22 October 2017, 12:00AM

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