“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