Simple living for hardworking family

By Adel Fruean 15 March 2020, 9:00AM

A mother will do everything to ensure her family survives and 26-year-old Pauline Lege is no different.

The family of Ms. Lege has lived in a small Samoan traditional house with coconut leaves as a roof.

The family's home is situated in the west coast of Upolu located far from the main road.

“We are a small family still trying to develop despite difficulties,” she said.

The mother of four is looking after her three-month-old child while also caring for other children and doing chores around the house. 

“My husband and I are unemployed; we depend greatly on our plantation for food supplies and also a source of income.”

Her husband is tasked with walking for an hour and a half whether in the sun or rain to their family’s plantation located further inland to maintain it.

“He cares for his family’s plantation and then the crops we have surrounding our home which we use to sell once or twice a week and if we are lucky we earn $70.”

She added that with the small income they earn it makes it harder for them to survive with so many needs that they have.

“I am in charge of the children especially because my youngest child is very vulnerable.

“And because our country has recently been affected by the measles I have to be extra careful because my baby is at risk. 

“At the moment, we do not have access to water supply instead we depend on relatives for water.”

Ms. Lege added that their home is too small and not in good condition for her family.

“As you can see, our home is not big, we want to try and make it bigger but that all depends on financial support which we only have enough to get by and we cannot afford to pay for building materials.

“During rainy days, it is possible for the rain to get inside the house and because we only have one tarpaulin that can only cover one side of the house.

“We are just like any typical Samoan family, my husband cares for her parents in terms of being tasked to make their meals daily and also looks after our plantations.”

If you are willing to help the family of Ms. Lege please contact: 7755255.

By Adel Fruean 15 March 2020, 9:00AM
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