Family of four long for a new home, water
For three years, Valelia Savelio and Fagaese Iuni and their two children have been living in Tiavea-Uta and in desperate want of a good home.
At the very least, Ms. Savelio said a reliable supply of water for their children would be nice.
“When the water goes off, we have to walk all the way to our other relatives' houses to look for water, especially since we have children to feed,” she said.
“The scarier times are when it’s the middle of the night and my one-year-old son needs something and is thirsty, so we’ll have no choice but to look for wherever to find water.”
Water is not the only issue this family faces.
There's also pressing life challenges like being unemployed and, looking ahead, what education to provide for their children.
“We’re a bit afraid that we might not be able to afford an education for my children in the future," Ms. Savelio said.
"One more year and my four year old will be attending school.
“Life has become more expensive and, sometimes, it’s a bit discouraging but we’ll still maintain faith that our family can get through it.”
Both these parents are unemployed and their only source of living is through selling taro, although it is, of course, not always in season.
Ms. Savelio also added that her brother who is a seasonal worker in New Zealand is also providing them a modest but probably temporary income.
Ms. Savelio said she counted herself and her family lucky for living in Samoa where, she says, everyone is family and sharing when they need something is a way of life.
“Three years ago, we planned that we’d build our family on our own and we’d love a life where challenges come one by one," she said.
“We’re living in Samoa and we’re lucky to have neighbours who are supportive and friendly, so I think we’ll be able to get through".
If you want to assist Valelia Savelio and Fagaese Iuni and their family you can contact them on mobile 7207548.