From rationing buckets of rain water to walking 1 – 2 kilometers to fetch spring water, to having its own water tank, Agaese Pinati of Malaemalu Falealili is counting his blessing this Easter weekend.
Agaese’s family is one of the recipients of a 10,000 litre water tank courtesy of the ‘Clean Water’ Project by the youth members of the Samoa Victim Support Group.
The family relies on Agaese’s plantation for a living; the mother works at Saletoga Resort to help with the children’ education and other necessities. The water connection does not reach the Agaese household further inland of Malaemalu.
When the SVSG youth members visited the family this week as part of its project follow up assessment, Agaese took the opportunity to acknowledge the donors for his family’s water tank, namely Fexco Samoa Limited, the Samoa Spare Parts and Pepe Christian Fruean.
An emotional Agaese thanked God for the changes that the water tank has had on their lives, especially the safety of his children.
“My children no longer walked early mornings or late evenings to fetch water from the spring when we run out of rain water. It is even harder with an elderly mother to look after.”
Since November 2018, the SVSG Juniors have been fundraising and soliciting support from its local and international supporters to ensure that underprivileged families liked Agaese have access to clean water every day.
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.”
Todate, there are 11 families around the rural villages of Upolu that are now enjoying access to clean water, thanks to the generosity of donors to the ‘Clean Water’ Project.