“I do not know how old I am now because our lives in my hometown are very hard, we are not given any identity cards or birth certificates.”
“I do not know how old I am now because our lives in my hometown are very hard, we are not given any identity cards or birth certificates. My mother can’t afford to give birth at the hospital and she hired one local midwife in our village. I only knew that I’ve been here for 18 years and already have one grandchild in Indonesia. So try to figure out how old I am now? I cannot tell how difficult it is to live like our family in the village within few minutes. I was raised in a state of nothing. We didn’t go to school and I didn’t know how to read when I arrived in Malaysia and luckily my employer sent us to weekend school to learn.
Because I grew up in a difficult situation, I did not want the same thing happened to my children. I started to work in Malaysia when my eldest daughter is still in elementary school and now my daughter is married and I already have grandchildren. I still haven’t meet my granddaughter and I’ve just only heard her voice through a phone call. It is hard for me to believe that I already have a grandchild and my youngest child is finishing school which means I can go home when my contract with my cleaning service expires next year. After 18 years working here, I started to do my own cleaning service as a part-time job to find additional money. I just do normal cleaning service and some of these people around this area often hire me on the weekend. In order to collect some extra money before I started retiring, I work 7 days a week and now my focus is to take care of my granddaughter and spend the rest of my days in my hometown.”
Azizah, East Java