Old traditional way should be limited

08 July 2017

Dear Editor

Re: Mother struggles to feed her 10 children

Why is she struggling to feed her 10 children. I grew up in a family of 12 siblings I am the youngest but we never complained about not having enough food. Our mother worked from morning till dawn of the land with the help of our old brothers and sisters to make sure we had enough food and money to pay our school fees.

My dad passed away when I was only 4 years old.

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We were lucky because we have our own land to plant taro, bananas and vegetables and fruits. If Samoan people complain about they can’t feed their kids then they are either lazy or whinge too much.

I think this generation is getting too lazy and reliant to families overseas for help. The other thing is our old traditional way of life should be limited.

I am referring to the faalavelave especially donations to churches and money donates to pay pastors salaries, electricity and so on.

I find out growing up that almost all the pastor’s children are well educated while the children from the church community are struggling to educate their own because they donate so much money to the church while they are struggling.

 

Benjamin Meyer

08 July 2017

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