An OFW in Kuwait thanks her kind employers for always supporting her and her family over the past 7 years that she has been with them. Still, even if people think that she’s lucky, she shares the difficulties of being away from her family – and that’s something that most OFWs can easily relate with.
OFW in Kuwait, Lucky to Have Kind Employers
With so many OFWs, especially domestic helpers, being sent home or becoming lost (sometimes lost forever) in Kuwait and other places in the Middle East, we always feel happy hearing stories of kind employers and happy workers.
That’s how Analyn Barrameda Basila feels with her employers in Kuwait.
She has been with her kind employers for 7 years. Although she hasn’t been able to go home for the past 4 years due to the pandemic, she still feels lucky that she has a good job with these good people in the Middle East.
She’s also grateful that her kind employers buy them Pinoy food, knowing that they crave these while they’re away from home.
Basila’s employers make sure that they have days off, are paid on time, and even buy ‘pasabulong’ for her kids and mom every time she goes home. They would also regularly ask about her family and show genuine concern – and that’s good for an OFW’s mental health.
Thanks to her employers and her job in Kuwait, Basila was able to build a house for her family and support her kids’ needs. Her sons are in grades 11 and 3.
“Ang pagging ofw ay napakahirap sa katulad naming may mga anak na iniwan sa pinas. Subalit ang hirap na yun ay napaplitan ng saya kpag nakikita kong nasa maayos sila at naibbigay ko ang mga pangangailangan nila,” she told KAMI.
“Sobrang mababait! Napaka swerte ko po dahil sila ang naging amo ko for almost 7 years dahil parang kapamilya ang turing samin.”
She was also able to help some distressed OFWs who were sent home by their agencies. They now work with her employer. Isn’t that wonderful?
Challenges Encountered by OFWs
It’s challenging being an OFW. Here are some challenges that many of them experience:
- Loneliness or homesickness
- Family or marital issues
- Illegal recruitment
- Bad employers and difficult experiences
- Debts, loans, and other money problems