47-year-old mother of nine appeals for help to build new house

A mother of nine children has appealed for help to build a new house for her and her family. 

Ana Lalomauga, 47, lives with her husband and children in their house on a hill at Tanumapua. They have lived in the house, which has old rusty corrugated iron roof and is held up by wooden posts, for four years. A blue partially broken canvass protects the family's belongings inside the house, though, the family stands no chance against heavy rain and wind.

Mrs. Lalomauga was at home attending to her daily chores when the Sunday Samoan visited her to do an interview. 

The deteriorating condition of her family's house continues to be a major worry for her. 

“Like any other mother, our first priority is the safety of our children and our home is not stable for all of us to live in.

“We have no choice because we have nowhere else to go, the latest cyclone that hit Samoa last year was a very scary experience for my family, as you can see our home is located on a hill and the house is tilted.

“I fear the day a strong earthquake or cyclone can cause the house collapse upon me and my children,” she said.

She said the roof of her house leaks during rainy days and they do not have windows to protect themselves against extreme weather. 

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“We do not have any windows to block the rain from coming inside or even a door; the design of our home is that of a traditional Samoan house setting.

“There are so many things that we need improvement on but at the end of the day, we do not have the riches or wealth to do so. My son is the only one employed in our family but his income cannot cover all our family’s expenses,” she added. 

Supporting her children's education is another struggle they face on a daily basis as her children attend two colleges and two primary schools. Her sons income of $80 tala a week is not enough. 

“It is because I have to support two attending colleges and two in primary school which is a total of four but my son’s income is just $80 a week.

“The small income he earns is allocated to various uses like food supply, water, electricity bills and not forgetting the cost of living which is extremely high for the poor.

“We also use the money for church obligations and village commitments; every day is a constant battle of survival,” she added. 

Mrs. Lalomauga said that the other needs of her family are kitchen utensils like plates, cups, and oven.

“My family is also in need of a proper facility to store plates like a sink to wash our dishes.

“There is also a need for a proper modern toilet we are currently using traditional methods to for waste disposal.

If you are willing to help the family of Ana Lalomauga from Tanumapua please contact the number 7286986.

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