It is often said that children are the future of any nation.
But the fact is many youths nowadays are unemployed which doesn’t say a lot for their futures.
James Taumaoe is one of them.
He spoke to the Village Voice team of how he had to stay home because of his family.
“I have no job. I had to stay back from the last job that I had because there was nobody to look after my grandmother,” he said.
James is from Faleula and he said getting a job is essential because of the high cost of living but finding one is the hard part of life.
“I’m in a position where I have so many things that I want to do but then again, I can’t because I have no money which is why I am looking for a job. It will be to not only help my family but also myself.
The goods that we are in the stores are way past expensive,” he added.
James says even though there are three people working in his family; it is still not enough to cater for a family of 20.
“The three salaries are not enough to feed a house with 20 people living together. I have seven siblings and both my parents are still alive. The way I see it is that we are always living on a budget. We cannot get everything that we need,” he added.
He believes it is time for him to return the love that his parents showed him and his siblings.
“Getting a job would be rewarding for me because it is time for me to take care of my parents. They have been taking care of me for a very long time. My parents are not getting younger so I am desperate to get a job,” said James.
The 23-year-old said no matter the kind of job he finds, he would still appreciate it.
“Whatever job comes my way, I will accept it wholeheartedly. I am good at carpentry but I don’t mind changing my field just so I can help my family.”