Savai'i family tough it out despite challenges

Even without water and electricity supply, a young couple from Savai'i is doing the best they could to develop their family. 

While the 28-year-old husband says they enjoy the simplicity of their life without having access to the internet connection and owning a television, he does admit that life gets hard, especially with the unavailability of water for their family. 

"Having no access to the water supply is our main struggle," the humble husband told the Samoa Observer. 

"We also don't have a water tank to store water, we only have small buckets and bottles that we use to collect water either from the rain or from other families in the village."

So how and where do they get water from during the dry season? 

"We have an uncle who stays on the other side of this village, and that's where we usually go to fetch water for our family. Sometimes we only bring just enough for drinking and to prepare our food. 

"We would walk up to the village's pool further inland to take a bath and to wash our dirty clothes."

The couple's small fale is without a cement floor, but they use a Chinese mat (fala Saina) to cover the rocks on the floor. 

Half of the fale is used by the couple to sleep on, while the other half is used to cook their meals.

"As you can see, we are still trying to do our best to develop our family. 

"It's just me and wife and we both don't work. We rely on the land to get by each day. We hope to extend and build a better house soon, before we have kids. 

"It gets hard sometimes, but we are still grateful for the gift of life and for the love of families and friends."

The couple's main source of light at night is there phone. 

"So during the day, we charge our phone at one of our relatives house, and that's what we use for light at night time."

Despite the daily struggles of fetching water from the other side of the village and having no electricity at home, the couple are still happy. 

"We still enjoy the simplicity of life here," he said. 

"Yes, we don't have a proper house, but we still have a roof over our heads. At least we don't have to worry about paying bills.

"We are working hard and praying that God will carry us through these tough times and lead us to a better future."

The couple would appreciate anyone who is willing to help develop their family. 

"I think the most important thing for us at the moment is to try and get a water tank or at least something good that can be used for water storage. 

"I don't really mind not having access to electricity because we can still survive and we still have a phone that will give us light at night time. 

"But water is what we need and I hope I won't have to walk all the way to the other side of the village to collect water, any time soon.

"We will keep praying for better days for our little family."

They can be contacted on 7282106 and 7641723.

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