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Father holds onto hope amidst hardship

Faafiu Malagamalii, a father-of-nine, faces daily hardships, such as the absence of electricity and difficult living conditions, but one thing he does not want for is hope for his family's future.

Mr. Malagamalii’s home is on the central south coast of Upolu Island. It is approximately more than 22 kilometers via the Cross Island Road from Apia and close to the main road. He and his family recently moved into the residence.

On a typical Saturday morning, the 65-year-old was planting taro when the Samoa Observer paid him a visit.

“Our home is surrounded by a plantation which we depend on for survival,” he said.

He added that their family faces several financial hardships. 

“In life, everyone needs money to survive but for us, we try and get by with limited resources,” he said. 

“There are nine of us altogether, which includes my wife, our daughter and her six children.

“We live off our vegetable garden and crops such as taro and bananas.”

The elderly father also said that one of the family’s main concerns is a lack of electricity supply.

“We use lights that run on batteries to get us through the night; I only worry for the safety of my young grandchildren.

“Another concern is the situation of our house, if a cyclone were to strike Samoa; I know our house will be blown away.

“That is why I have a small shack that can fit all nine of us that is stronger but we do not have a choice that is our only security.”

Mr. Malagamalii also added that he has children overseas who also provide him with assistance. 

“I have children overseas but I cannot depend on them regularly because they have to care for their own families," he said. 

“I am a hard worker, and I believe that hard work can provide for our needs but I guess there is a time when we need a helping hand but that is why we will always pray to God for his blessings.

“My wife has been bedridden for a year now because of a sickness and so we try our best to help her with her needs; it’s not easy but the bonds of love we share as a family makes it easier to get through barriers.” 

If you're willing to assist Mr. Malagamalii's family please contact the Samoa Observer on 23078. 

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