Some people or maybe most Filipinos think that when someone works abroad he/she is very blessed. This is because abroad means more money.
In fact, despite the many issues of abuse, Filipinos are still determined to work abroad because they think that it’s the only way to be free of poverty.
It is true that OFWs earn a lot more than the common workers here in the Philippines. However, we can’t deny the fact that it comes with a lot of loneliness and sacrifices.
Life of an OFW
Grace Escalera, a domestic worker in Kuwait, shared a video of herself talking about her life as OFW.
She said working abroad is what she really wanted because she thought it would be easy. That it’s the only way to make her dream for her family come true but she was wrong.
Alone literally and emotionally
Grace recalls how she pushed herself to keep working even when she’s sick, even when her hands are stiff and even if it’s full of wounds due to allergies. She recalls how she wanted to fly back home, how she sleeps at night crying whenever she misses her family. She recalls how hard it is to endure homesickness but she had no choice but to be strong. Because in her own words,
“Here in abroad, you can not let loneliness overpower you because you will lose.”
Your family is the reason why you’re hurting
Pouring with emotion, Grace tells that sometimes your family is the reason why you’re hurting. She said, she felt discouraged because her family only remembers her whenever they need something. But when she already gave them what they wanted, sends them money, they will forget about her, even forgets to inform her if they got the money or not.
Many OFWs can relate to Grace’s story and we hope that her video will be an eye-opener to the loved ones of our OFWs. Don’t take them for granted. Care for them as much as they care for you.
Watch the video: