Family's water supply depends on buckets
For most people, turning on the tap for running water is something they don't even think about.
That's not the reality for a mother of three from Sa'anapu, who is seeking assistance for a water tank. Her family's daily supply of water comes from buckets they fetch from their neighbours.
Victoria Solomona has lived for more than five years with her husband and children in a small Samoan style home made of wood with coconut leaves, iron roofing as a roof surrounded by old tarpaulins located near the main road.
The 24-year-old was going about her daily chores when the Village Voice team came across her.
“My family does not have any access to water supply hence why we need a water tank, we depend greatly on our neighbours or other villagers to supply our water,” she said.
“We usually carry four or five buckets to fetch water which is used for various purposes like cooking, drinking, bathing but we need water because we also take care of one of our elders who has problems walking.
“My mother-in-law is 66-years-old and she has a lot of need which we need water to cook her meals every day.
“We have always wanted a water tank but due to financial difficulties we could not afford one.”
Mrs. Solomona said that another struggle her family faces is the current status of their home.
“Our home is small and fitting to us but it is not stable, during rainy days the tarpaulins cannot stop the rain getting into our house. It makes it worse when the roof leaks.
“I fear our house getting affected by cyclones and earthquakes because it is vulnerable.
“Another concerning factor is security issues, we have an open house and it is not safe, I wish I could provide my children with a better home.”
She also added that there is no one employed in her family.
“Our family depends on our plantation for survival; my husband collects coconuts and is able to sell daily so we can earn a living.
“If we are fortunate we can get $40 a day from our coconuts, the money is then allocated to different commitments like food supplies, catering to the needs of the children during school days, church and village obligations which are normal in any Samoan family.
If you are willing to help the family of Mrs. Solomona please contact the number: 7618189.