- Si Inay Viola ay 32 taon nang naninilbihan sa Kuwait bilang domestic helper
- Sa labis na tiwala sa kanya ng kanyang employer, pinagkatiwalaan sila nito na gawing family driver
- Sinuwerte siya sa amo sapagkat sinuklian nila ang kabutihan ni Inay Viola sa pagtulong nila sa pagpapagamot ng anak nito na nangailangan noon ng umabot sa kalahating milyon
Marami na tayong narinig na kwentong OFW kung saan nakaranas sila ng pagmamalupit ng kanilang mga amo.
Kadalasan pa nagaganap daw ito sa Middle East, partikular na sa Kuwait.
Ngunit malayo sa mga kwentong ito ang buhay ni Inay Viola na naninilbihan sa kanyang amo sa loob ng 32 taon na.
Isa si Inay Viola na sinuwerte sa amo na sinuklian ang kabutihan niya sa pakikitungo ng maayos sa ating kababayan.
Mula sa pagiging domestic herlper, pinagkatiwalaan si Inay Viola na maging driver ng pamilya ng kanyang amo.
Pinahalagahan talaga ito ni Inay Viola kaya naman pinakitunguhan siya ng maayos ng kanyang employer.
Kaya naman nang dumating sa punto na kinailangan ni Inay Viola ng malaking tulong para sa pagpapagamot ng kanyang anak na may malubhang karamdaman, hindi nagdalawang isip ang kanyan amo na maglabas ng kalahating milyon para sa anak ni Inay Viola.
Narito ang kabuuan ng kwento ng buhay ni Inay Viola.
Amidst the stories and many cases of OFWs who were maltreated, abused or worse, have died in the hands of their abusive, ‘heartless’ employers, it’s still nice to know that there are those who still finds luck in landing to a job as a domestic helper where the employer can be considered a “gift from God”.
Such one happy and inspiring story is this case of Inay Viola who has been working for the same employer for 32 years.
According to Kuwaittimes Inay Viola hailed from Batangas City and had five children with his deceased husband whom she married when she was 16 years old. Sad thing, her husband left her and their children when she was 27 years old after battling with cancer.
She recalled that in 1980, their family was financially struggling due to a terrible economic situation in the Philippines brought by Martial Law.
Viola continued to share her story saying she and her children were struggling with their finances to support their daily needs. As a mother, she tried to clean the houses and do the laundry of their neighbors just to earn money for their family. When the time came that they were trapped in enormous debt and when nobody ever lend them even a single centavo for her children’s food, that’s the time she accepted the job offer of working abroad.
She also said that those times were so difficult for her but she has to work day and night to earn a living for her children. Sad thing though, she added, that here in the Philippines, even if you work hard, it seemed like it wasn’t still enough.
Viola arrived in Kuwait in 1985 where she started to work for Al-Ghareeb family as a domestic helper. According to her, by the time that she arrived, the eldest child of her employer was barely only a month old. She was the one who took care of all her employer’s children.
Because of Viola’s hard work and perseverance, her efforts were paid off. So in the year 1995, she has been promoted as the Al-Ghareeb’s family driver. She would send her employers to their office, sends their children to school and run errands for the family. In turn, the family had provided new nannies to support her.
The domestic helper expressed her gratitude in finding kind employers with Al-Ghareeb family. She said she considers them as God’s blessing, her angels who were always there to help not only her but her whole family as well.
Viola testified that she had tested and proven her employer’s generosity and kindness when they paid the hospital bill of her youngest child who got ill which amounted to almost half a million pesos and when they shouldered again the hospital bill when her son got sick.
With gratefulness, she said that she has found a second home with her employers and she couldn’t thank them enough. She seemed like a family member to the them. In fact, she was treated by her employer’s children as their grandmother.
Viola is now 63 years old and has been serving Al-Ghareeb family in Kuwait for 32 years already. She had already travelled more than 30 countries in Europe, Asia, America and Africa.
Although Viola said she considers Kuwait as his second home, Philippines remained to be her homeland which she said she missed going home to when they held a vacation.
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