Portraits of Resilience

Satoaleapai Village

On the exterior Samoa is an idyllic place to visit because beautiful seas, the amazing beach and the swaying palm trees... but there are cracks in this interior due to climate change.

On the exterior Samoa is an idyllic place to visit because beautiful seas, the amazing beach and the swaying palm trees... but there are cracks in this interior due to climate change.

About one hour away from Salelologa stands a village named Satoaleapai. My class and I talked to the high chief of Satoaleapai. His name was Polutea. He said the problem with his village was that the river kept on flooding because of heavy rains. The people on either side of the river couldn’t cross over because of the flooding. Man! Can you imagine kids going to school in a canoe? That’s just unheard of!
Anyway the solution to their problem was that they sent a proposal to U.N.D.P for some money and they were successful. Sato’alepai used their money to build a bridge for people to cross over. They built culverts under the bridge so the fish and water could flow through. The grant money was also used to build a sea wall to protect their land from erosion.

You know what I think? I think that if every village that has been affected by climate change followed in Sato’alepais footsteps, then who knows, our next generation might still be able to see what we see in front of us today.

— BJ Lima

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