When A Domestic Worker’s Employer Pays Her A Visit In Her Hometown
It may not be likely to many domestic workers but to a Filipina who works for a family based in Dubai, she never gets tired of raving about the kindness, respect and love she gets from her employees, a report from Khaleej Times said.
Elizabeth Elizarde, 48, did not imagine that her sponsors Jamie and Brenda Church along with their two daughters would join her in Manila to spend their holidays together.
“I met and welcomed them at the airport with my kids, and I even brought a tarpaulin with their names on it. After that, we drove them to a hotel in Makati,” Elizabeth, whose main task is to look after the Church’s two daughters Chloe, 5, and Zoe, 3, was quoted in The Filipino Times Online.
She narrates that in 2015 her employers flew to the Philippines to spend time with her and meet her family, including her five children.
“On the same day, they took me and my kids out for lunch and we went to an expensive restaurant where my kids were shocked because a single hamburger costs Php750. They didn’t let me spend a single penny,” she recalls.
The Church family paid a visit at Elizabeth’s home in Antipolo to celebrate their daughter Chloe’s birthday. On that occasion the employers invited not only her family to the celebration, but also their neighbors as well.
“I felt overjoyed not only because I got to see my children happy, but also because of the friendship and trust that the Church family has given me,” Elizabeth said.
“I was praying to God to give me a kind employer and, in turn, I promised to serve them in the best way I could,” she said. With her dedication, Elizabeth stayed with her first employer, an Emirati couple for five years, until she was employed by the Church couple.
After all, life was not all rosy for this Filipina worker who shared that she had five children to feed after she ended the 9-year marriage with her abusive husband in 2004. That’s when she decided to look for work in the Middle East and leave her children back home for good.