Sunday is a day filled with joy, to be with family and friends, every Sunday holiday as a Domestic Helper.
Being a DH is not easy, but in order for us to help our families, we need to sacrifice something…being away from them. We cannot avoid being homesick, especially when we are sick, because nobody takes care of us…and we need to work, even though we are not feeling well. Some are lucky to have sick leave or a good employer that gives them time to rest.
Sunday is a special day for us. We go to Church as our first priority, to thank God for His blessings and to serve Him in our own special way, like joining the Ministries in the Parish and other activities in the Church. Through this we are inspired and happy, even though we are not with our families. If we were home in the Philippines, we would attend Mass with our families.
Meeting with family and friends during our holiday, gives us inspiration. Looking for beautiful places to meet or enjoy. Being a tourist in HK just for a day, makes us complete. Taking pictures and posting on social media like Facebook, Twitter and others can make us happy……something that gives inspiration and fills us with joy.
Central is the usual meeting place of Domestic Helpers. One Sunday I met a friend in Central, we planned to have dinner at a restaurant, but mostly, places were full. I told her that we should just buy takeaway food and spend time in a place we call “Pwesto” or “Tambayan”. Mostly you see groups of friends, having their own place or area, using used boxes to cover the ground and sides, to have a place to stay the whole day, sharing food for lunch and dinner, others playing cards and bingo, spending time chatting, mostly having a place to rest.
When I reach my friends place, the first thing I do, is to lie down and rest for a while… Even though it is a public place, but it’s somewhere comfortable.
This is the real life of Domestic Helpers…enjoying every moment… Not only for me, but for all.
They have their own stories, but the important thing is, they are here for their families… They work hard, so that they can send money to support their families back home. Hoping that they may have a better life.
Prayer is the key to keeping them strong and not giving up for any hardships they encounter…
God bless all Domestic Helpers.
Rodelia P. Villar
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