Work For The Sake Of My Children

“I am so sad to live far away from them but fortunately, thanks to technology, we can still communicate via the phone.”

“To become a domestic helper was never my dream. Right now, I am doing this because circumstances forced me to. My husband passed away, after 1,5 years of suffering. His fifth chemotherapy failed and cancer took him away. The total treatment costed a few hundred million rupiah.

However, life goes on. I have 2 sons to feed and they need to have a good education as well. The first one just graduated from secondary school, and the youngest one is still in the 4th grade of primary school. They are both in Indonesia. I am so sad to live far away from them but fortunately, thanks to technology, we can still communicate via the phone.

It’s almost 2 years since I became a domestic helper, taking care of a grandmother suffering from dementia. My employers are nice but they are overprotective. I do not get any days off and I’m also not allowed to use my phone. However, I will stay because the pay is good. I want to save some money for myself, so I can start a culinary business in my hometown. I want to see my youngest son growing up and hope to be back for good, before he enters secondary school.”

SW, 39, Awina Pratama