- Maileen Vale shared her OFW story to KAMI
- She worked in Kuwait on her first time abroad
- She narrates how her employer's attitude changed after three months
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There are a number of horror stories of abused overseas Filipino workers in Kuwait recently.
The number of deaths prompted the government to implement a total deployment ban of OFWs to Kuwait.
A former OFW who experienced working in the said country shared her story with KAMI.
Maileen Vale is a 35-year-old mother of two who went to Kuwait to provide a better life for her family.
She and her husband have a small rice farm, but she didn't want to live on just enough anymore. So she made a gamble and applied to work abroad.
"Ang buhay ng isang OFW ay hindi madali. Pero kailangan magtiis para sa pamilya. Gusto kong mabigyan ng magandang kinabukasan ang mga anak ko," said Maileen.
She was deployed to Kuwait. She said she was so nervous because it was her first time in a different country.
It was okay at first. But after three months, her employers' attitude changed.
They worked her to the bone, with barely any time to rest.
"Dito ko naranasan ang sobrang pagtatrabaho. Kahit gusto mong magpahinga, pero di pwede eh kasi binabayaran ka nila," said Maileen.
She bore it all for the future of her children.
"Puyat at pagod ang sinakripisyo mo katumbas ng malaking sweldo na hindi mo basta-basta makikita sa Pinas," said Maileen.
Even when she's not feeling well, she pushed through and still worked.
"Gusto ko nang sumuko noon, pero naisip ko paano na lang ang mga anak ko. Kailangan magtiis para sa kanila," she said.
Thankfully, her sacrifices were rewarded by the hard work of her children, who are all consistent honor students in the Philippines.
"Sinuklian naman nila ang paghihirap ko. Thumbs up naman ako sa partner ko, ginabayan niya nang mabuti ang mga anak namin," said Maileen.
After her two-year contract ended, she went back to the Philippines for a vacation.
She eventually left again to work abroad, but this time, she went to Qatar, where she is currenlty working until now.
"Mabuhay tayong mga ina na handang magsakripisyo para sa mga anak at tiisin ang lungkot ng nag-iisa dito sa banyagang lugar," said Maileen.
Learn about the inspiring story of Cheneleng Pili, who was able to reach her dreams through hard work and determination.
Road to success: I cried a hundred times - makeup artist and business owner Cheneleng Pili - on KAMI YouTube Channel