Christine, Single Mother of 3
Meet Christine, 30 years old, from Indahag Cagayan de Oro, Philippines. A single mother of three. After her failed marriage life, Christine was left alone raising and fending her three children. Thinking to provide her kids brighter future, Christine left the country and decided to work in Saudi Arabia way back in 2013.
Christine is among the hundreds of thousands of Overseas Filipino Women working in the household in the Middle East countries. While we often heard of unfortunate, misfortune on the news of household workers being maltreated, like the case of Joanna Demafelis a Filipino household worker in Kuwait found dead inside the freezer. Joanna was brutally murdered and killed by her cruel Lebanese employers.
Challenges In the Foreign Land
Christine’s story is a story of success as her employer is kind and treated her well, like part of their family members. But just like all migrant workers, Christine has to endure the pain of homesickness especially for her three growing children aged, 10, 8, and 4. She hasn’t seen her children for four years as she had decided to continue her contract straight without going home to save and prepare for her exit.
“It’s very hard being and an overseas worker especially like me who have children back home. They are growing up without me and the worst thing is, when my children are ill, I am not on their side, I can’t help but cry,” Christine said.
Sole Breadwinner of the Family
Aside from her responsibility for her children, Christine also supports her old parents monthly, Christine is the sole breadwinner of the family after she left and work abroad. Back in the Philippines, Christine was able to renovate their home from her earnings abroad. She also bought a multi-cab vehicle which she plans to be used for business soon.
Christine worked as packing crew in a pineapple factory prior working in Saudi Arabia, while her earnings back then were enough, she decided to leave for her children’s future and avoid further conflict with her ex-husband.
As with her advice to anyone wishes to work abroad, “be still and strong because working in a foreign land is never easy, have faith and keep praying.” Christine added. Indeed, Christine’s sacrifice for her family’s sake is a true act of courage and a mother’s genuine gesture of love for her children.
The author is currently based in Saudi Arabia, the holiest land of Islam. He’s a full-time employee of the largest energy company in the world. He’s a graduate of Communication Management, loves to write and travel.