- Aby Borja works as a domestic helper abroad because her daughter asked her to
- She wanted to send her two daughters to college
- Her youngest got pregnant and almost died while she was in Saudi
Aby Borja used to earn only P150 every day selling fried chicken. So when her eldest daughter asked her to go abroad so she can go to college, she did not hesitate.
"Hindi ako nagdalawang-isip sa pakiusap ng anak ko dahil hangad ko din na makatapos siya ng kolehiyo niya," said Aby in a letter to KAMI.
She left her daughters in 2014 to earn a living in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. Almost all of her salary was sent back to the Philippines to her two daughters. The rest, to her own mother.
She sacrificed her own comfort, barely getting enough rest, just so she can make sure her daughters can stay in school.
"Wala ako ibang ginawa dito kundi magtiis. Minsan nakakaranas ako dito sa mga duty na kumain ng kanin lang, walang ulam. Minsan naman isang beses lang kakain sa buong araw," shared Aby.
Everything was for her two daughters.
Her eldest is now on her second year taking up Information Technology at Informatics College. She used to attend University of Perpetual Help but Aby could no longer afford her tuition at the university.
"Pursigido naman po siya sa pag-aaral niya. Kaya ginagawa ko ang lahat para sa kanya," said Aby.
Her youngest, though, went a different direction than her ate. She got pregnant in senior high school.
"Dahil din siguro sa malayo ako sa kanila, napaaga siya na nagbuntis," said Aby.
Despite the initial heartbreak, Aby supported her daughter's pregnancy.
But tragedy struck in December 2017. She almost lost her daughter and her grandchild.
Her pregnant daughter felt dizzy so she was brought to a clinic. But along the way, she started having seizures inside the tricycle. The clinic declined to admit her because they couldn't handle her condition.
Luckily, Aby's eldest was able to bring her sister to a hospital where she was immediately brought to the ICU.
The doctors found out that her baby had already pooped inside her uterus and both the baby and the mother were in danger. She was immediately given a C-section.
"Wala ako magawa kundi umiyak na lang. Salamat sa Panginoon nailabas muna ang baby bago siya nag-highblood. Kung nagkataon na di naagapan, wala na yung anak ko at apo ko," said Aby.
Now, both her daughters and her first grandchild are safe and healthy.
"Kahit anong dagok na dumating sa buhay ko, nagkamali man ang bunso ko, tinanggap at niyakap ko pa rin ang lahat ng pagkakamali niya. Bagkus unawain at mahalin kahit pa sila'y nagkamali," said Aby.
The 39-year-old grandmother is still in Riyadh. She still has to save enough money for her daughters' college tuition. She also still has hospital bills and other debts to pay.
"Minsan sukong-suko na ako. Di ko na alam kung pano ang gagawin ko masolve lahat ng problema ko lalo na sa financial. Kahit may sakit ako dito tuloy lang sa work kasi bawat araw na dumaan sayang para sa akin dahil wala ko iba inisip kundi ung sahod ko kailangan mapadala ko sa kanila," said Aby.
For all her hardships and sacrifices, Aby looks to her faith for strength.
"Kay Lord na lang ako humihingi ng lakas at kalusugan ng katawan ko para makapagpatuloy pa na magwork," she said.
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