GET TO KNOW US
I am a mother of two brilliant kids; my son is a sports enthusiast, and my daughter is a budding artist. I am passionate about my engagement in promoting indigenous development. I journey along with the indigenous communities in the Philippines and focus on curriculum development, training workshops and facilitation. I went back to study; to learn more about the past and current context of Indigenous Peoples from around the globe. As well as further my understanding and skill in working with the Indigenous people here in the Philippines.
My husband, who is an outdoor enthusiast, a rescue volunteer, a safety officer, worked as a firefighter in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, for 5 years until last year. Last 2018, we made a major decision for the family, my husband and I decided he will not go back to work abroad. We will be working together for our family, for our kids and for others.
Last year, our kids expressed and begging that they wanted their father not to work abroad anymore. We are looking forward to establish a social enterprise through SOFA (Sewing, Outdoor activities, Food, Arts) that can reach out former OFW and as well as volunteers to come together.
It is challenging for my husband to work in another country. It is difficult for him emotionally thinking he is unable to personally take care of our children. There are times when the children are asking why their father needs to work away from home. I'm hurting, it's hard to explain and I am emotionally stressed. There are articles written how being away to work abroad are prone to psychological and emotional problems. These emotional challenges are not for the kids it is vice versa to the one who work abroad and to the family who is longing inexpressibly.
Many overseas Filipino workers (OFW) are working hard abroad and can enjoy the fruit of their labor. They can provide the families daily basic needs, can send their kids, siblings to school. Earning much by working abroad somehow cannot replace the joy of sustaining the relationship and valuing deeper relationship with the family around.
WALK WITH US
My husband and I did many volunteer works, and we realised the after care for volunteers was not a priority. Also, as an OFW family it is hard to reintegrate and start back home. It seems that there are no spaces or intentional aftercare for volunteers and former OFW. We desire to provide a strong support system for families to remain strong. We will invite OFW families and former OFW to join retreat and family bonding through outdoor and art activities.
We heartily ask for your support for the dream to fortunately happen. For us to provide sustainable care to former OFWs and to properly take care of the social well-being of dedicated volunteers. Providing them a place where they can contemplate through art, music and just a moment to reflect. We hope to inspire 60 people to give $ 50 each - but we will gladly accept any considerable amount you can give.
Support us realizes; our goal is to establish a community. To provide a space for sharing and carefully cultivating a meaningful relationship with the dedicated volunteers, former OFW and OFW families. To uplift their morale and serve better for the country.