While we hear so many stories of overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) suffering under the hands of their heartless employers, there are still a number of these workers who are lucky enough to have kindhearted, generous employers.
Just take for example Dina Tenerife Celo, a 47-year-old domestic helper in Abu Dhabi.
Back in 2017, she received Dh23,000 (Php328,300) to buy a lot at her hometown in Camarines Sur, Philippines, from her employer, Melissa McPike, an American married to an Emirati. The kindhearted employer also made sure to finance the construction of a 2-bedroom house for Dina and her family at the lot she bought for them.
But these were not the only gifts that the kindhearted employer would give Dina. She made sure to give the domestic helper various gifts to thank her for her service and for everything she has done for the family.
For Melissa, Dina is no longer just a domestic helper – she is already part of their family.
“It was the least she could do for Dina by helping her own her dream home. We do not consider her as an employee. She is one of our family. She has done so much for me and my children when they were young. I wanted to give back something to her,” Melissa told Khaleej Times.
But the employer’s generosity did not stop with that house and lot in the Philippines.
Dina’s son is also working in the United Arab Emirates (UAE). During her days off, Dina would take two buses to reach her son’s place, allowing the mother and son to bond. But the bus routes have been changed; this affected the routes Dina had to take. Instead of the usual two bus rides, she now has to take five!
Taking pity on Dina, Melissa decided to give her a car!
“She [Melissa] always sees me chasing after the bus to visit my son who lives in another part of the country. It normally takes me two bus rides to pay him a visit which can prove to be tiresome. I am very thankful for this present,” Dina explained.
“[After the rerouting in December], what used to be two bus rides now turned into five.”
What a lucky OFW! Kudos to this generous employer.
Image credits: Khaleej Times