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Father Seeks Akbar’s Help

Father Seeks Akbar’s Help
Viliame Tuilaucala (inset), with his wife and child at his home in Wailea, Vatuwaqa, yesterday. Photo: Luisa Qiolevu
May 07
08:13 2015

Separated from his immediate family and diagnosed with mental illness, Viliame Tuilaucala is pleading for help from the Government.

The 45-year-old, who lives in Wailea Settlement, Vatuwaqa, with his wife and three-year-old son, says the area gets flooded every time it rains.

Mr Tuilaucala is requesting the Ministry of Women, Children and Poverty Alleviation to provide them a good healthy place to live in since Wailea does not have proper drainage.

“This place constantly gets flooded and as much as I want to provide a good place for my wife and children we seek any available assistance that could help solve this bad drainage,” he said.

Currently, Mr Tuilaucala has his own small yaqona business that helps him get by. “I am so grateful to the Government for providing us with free education, and all we have to do is work towards our aim to provide for our children the things we never had as a child,” he said.

Despite being diagnosed with mental illness, the Nukunuku, Lakeba, native is looking forward to get employed and hopefully live a normal life.

“I did not see my mental illness as a barrier to getting better things in life. I am fortunate to have attended a course with ‘Live and Learn’, which was initiated by the Government and therefore got myself a certificate,” he said.

When he learned of his sickness, Mr Tuilaucala was separated from his family and decided to start a new life in Wailea.

He has been living in the area for the past 30 years.




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