The youngest member of the Leilua family at Falealili, 5 year old Tavita Leilua will no longer struggle to carry buckets of water from the Puna o Talapool to assist with his family’s daily needs, thanks to the water tank donated by the Ponifasio Lawyers, Aute Gas and Federal Pacific Finance.
When the SVSG youth members visited the Leilua family to assess the needs of the family following their request with SVSG for welfare assistance, Fotuaivili Leilua, the head of the 8-member household pointed out barrels of water in which his family relies upon for this necessity.
The family is connected to the main water pipes that service the whole village. However, for a family that lives on a $40 - $60 budget a week from its plantation, it is always a struggle to stretch this income to cover the children’s education, food, electricity and the water bills. As such, their water is usually disconnected and hence their reliance on water from the Puna o Tala pool, about 1km from their home.
Since November 2018, the SVSG Juniors have been fundraising and soliciting support from its local and international supporters to ensure that underprivileged families like Fotuaivili Leilua have access to clean water every day.
Thanks to the combined donations from Tuala & Sarona Ponifasio of the Ponifasio Lawyers, Afamasaga Opeta Siilata of the Federal Pacific Finance and Toleafoa Elon Betham of the Le Aute Gas, the Leilua household now has a stable water supply with the installation of their 1,000 litre water tank next to its house.
According to Ms. Carmenita Solaese, the SVSG Junior President, “the lack of access to clean water is a struggle faced by many of our families that sought welfare assistance with SVSG, hence the decision by the SVSG youth group to reach out and do something about it. Globally, it is the SVSG Juniors contribution to the achievement of one of the SDG Goals for Clean Water & Sanitation.”
The SVSG Juniors continued with its Clean Water Project to assist the underprivileged members of our community.