Living out here keeps my mind straight – Faranisisi Vitale

“The main reason I love being out in the villages is that it helps keep my mind straight,” 33-year-old Faranisisi Vitale from the village of Falefa told the Village Voice.

“It helps keep my Samoan ways. In Apia we are exposed to so many things like the night clubs and so on. It’s just not good for the mind.

“It’s good to live out here where you can straighten out your way of life. There are many rules out here to keep everyone in line.

“From schooling to the elderly, everything out here is great.”

But how is the general life in the rural villages for you?

“Life out here is really great, everything is good,” says Faranisisi.

“The fathers are good providing food for the family and so on. The only problem I see is that there aren’t many forms of making money out here.

“We need more money making methods if our plantations and the ocean don’t provide enough. It would be nice if the government would help out in that regard.”

What about Samoa, how do you feel about the leaders of our nation?

“Our government is number one in my books,”

“The government is doing a great job leading the country right now. I would like to thank them for all they have done for us.

“The only thing I ask for is that they look into the availability of power in the inner parts of our village and also the roads going inland.”

And the educational system out here?

“Even the school we have out here is great,”

“It may not be like the town schools but it does the job. We have good schools out here.”

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