Esau Togitele and his two younger brothers were working hard when the Village Voice caught up with them yesterday.
The boys from Leulumoega Tuai were doing some work for their Pastor’s land. They volunteered to do it.
“I’m the one who’s looking after it all the time. I was the one who planted all the Koko Samoa around here as you can see,” said Esau.
Esau has a regular job.
He works for a Construction company but was on a day off yesterday.
Not that you would know.
Coincidently his younger brothers are on school holiday so he took them to the plantation with him.
“I brought up my brothers to help me out with the work here because they are on holiday as well,” he said.
“My younger brothers are still in school but they are on their first day of the holidays so I just brought them along with me to do little work here and be able to learn from what I’m doing so they can do this too.”
Esau believes that teaching young people life skills is very important.
“I am encouraging them to be in school but I also encourage them to know how to work within the plantation, because that’s the way of life for every Samoa men,” he said.
“I’m doing this work for our Pastor because there is no one else to do it so I just volunteered myself to do it because I’m used to the work and I enjoy the work”.
The Village Voice asked him about his views on different issues in Samoa today?
“To me, I have nothing against anything just that I want to be a good leader to my younger brothers. Even though I didn’t make it to tertiary education but still I want them to know that hard work will bring blessings no matter what.
“I also volunteered to my Pastor to do his work because I know I can do the job and also this is something I can treat as an exercise rather than just sitting around.”
Esau hopes his brothers will be motivated and one day they too will be able to volunteer to help other people.