An OFW thankful she can support her kids also expressed sadness that in doing so, she misses many of their special moments and milestones. Most OFWs can certainly relate with this, right?
OFW Thankful She Can Support Her Kids Also Feels Sad
It is every parent’s dream to support their children, provide them with a nice place to call home, send them to college, and see them succeed in life. That’s one of the reasons why millions of Filipinos try to find a job abroad.
As OFWs, many parents were able to earn more money than they would have earned in the Philippines. This allows them to support their family and provide them a better life, yet that also comes with a price. Many end up with broken families or intact families but they’re unable to spend a lot of time with them.
That’s exactly what Maricel Beniza experienced.
She has worked as a nanny in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia for 9 years. Thanks to her job, she was able to travel to many places outside the Philippines, including London, Barcelona, Bahrain, Kuwait, Egypt, Brussels Belgium, Switzerland, and France.
Because her employers were kind to her, she felt happy with her job and is treated by the kids she’s caring for as a second parent. Every time she requests something from her employers, they readily help her out because they know that it’s for her family in the Philippines.
The job enabled her to build a house for her family, and send her two daughters to school. One is now a first-year Civil Engineering student, while her younger daughter is in Grade 9.
Although she’s thankful for all these, she can’t help but also feel sad that she’s never there for her daughter’s special moments. Like many OFWs, she’s absent from birthdays, graduations, and other special events in her family’s lives.
“Masaya sa pakiramdam dahil nakikita ko po yung bunga ng pagsisikap ko dito sa abroad. Mahirap man mawalay sa kanila, lagi ko nalang po pinapaunawa na ang lahat ng ito ay para narin sa kinabukasan nila,” Maricel said.
“Bilang isang Ofw madami man ang hirap basta huwag susuko dahil balang araw lahat ng pagod ay may kapalit na magandang biyaya galing kay God.”
She plans to stop working abroad once her kids graduate from college and start a business.
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