Savai'i family's water woes

A Savai'i family-of-seven, can go weeks without a fresh water supply as they dream of the possibilities that life with a rain tank would bring. 

While the patriarch of the family, Visesio Petelo admits that they can provide for their five children, enjoying the simplicity of life in Savai'i, he said that a water tank would make a huge difference for their family. 

Living in a village that is inland and from the coast, Mr. Petelo said it was not unusual for the family to for prolonged periods without water access.

"Especially during rainy season," he told the Village Voice. 

"The water gets disconnected when it's raining heavily, and we usually find ourselves looking for water. Luckily we have enough buckets and gallons.

"But it gets harder during the dry seasons as well."

The main problem said Mr. Petelo is the location of their house. 

Moreover, Mr. Petelo said there are quite a few families in their village with water tanks. 

The water tanks were donated by the Church of Jesus Christ of the Latter-Day Saints. 

"But those water tanks are shared by three to four families. 

"So when we don't have water, we would plead with them to give us water.

"Other than that, we just collect water using buckets and gallons."

Other than the scarcity of water, Mr. Petelo said they enjoy the peaceful life they live in Savai'i. 

They depend heavily on the land for food and income. He said they are appreciative of what they have and enjoy the blessings of God upon him, his wife and five children. 

"We have been approached by other organisations who offered their help for our family. 

"But we have yet to hear back from them whether we would be getting help or not. However, we will not rely on that and will keep working hard so that one day, I would be able to give our family what they need, especially for my children. 

"Any parent would work hard to give their children the best things in life. At the moment, my children are still young and I will do my best to provide for them."

Visesio Petelo is married to Atonauga from Patamea and they have five children. They can be contacted on 7752544 or 7158134.

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