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Friday, February 17, 2017

HSW IN KUWAIT, NO SALARY FOR NINE YEARS

For almost a decade in working as an HSW in Kuwait, Nena (not her real name), 35, missed the feeling of her salary resting in the palm of her hand before sending it to her family back home. Her beloved salary did not show up for nine long years!  Nena arrived in Kuwait in June 8, 2015 in the house of her Kuwaiti employer. after a month, she asked for a salary advance of two months to pay her loans  to her relatives. Her request was granted by her employer and they provided receipts for it. Nena's monthly salary was only 45KD. Nena considered it as a gesture of goodwill from the part of her employer.  Another 2 months  advance followed and the employer again gave what she asked for.It was sent to her family back home and her employer provided her a receipt  that it was indeed sent to her family. Her family in Campostela valley is poor. They are used to eating anything that's coming from their small farm and the money that she sent could mean a lot to them. In almost 10 years of tenure, all she got was that 4 months  salary  she asked in advance. After that, she received nothing.  The following months, she was asking for her salary  and her employers simply told her that it is already in her bank account. She never believed because she never signed any bank documents  applying for a bank account. They even told her that they will surrender her ATM card  when she finally decided to go home. Everytime Nena  ask for her salary, the simple reply from her employer would be: "It's in the bank already."  When her contract ended, she asked for permission to go home for good. Her employer told her to stay and so she stayed for another 6 months. When the agreed 6 months is over, she was still not allowed to leave. she was locked up and continued to be verbally and physically abused. Harsh words, physical maltreatment, locked up  without even have the chance to call the embassy or even other HSWs in the neighborhood. "If she saw any small specks of dust in the sofa, she would hit me hard in the head with sticks or any hard objects," Nena recalling her ordeal.  "When my employer asked me to stay for another year after I finished my 2-year  contract, I told them if they could buy me 2  small washing machines and 2 refrigerators out from my salary. They bought it. the items were delivered to me at my sponsor's house. I asked them to buy it for me because I need them in Campostela, I was thinking of using them for business. But 3 years, 4 years, 9 years has passed, I was not able to leave that house. I was stucked there," Nena  narrated. In April 2015, her employer hired another Filipina. She thought  that her Kuwaiti owner will let her go home for good but she was wrong. In spite of having a new Filipina house help, her employer still won't let go of her.  The newly hired Filipina helped Nena in her escape. they eyed an opportunity when the two of them  were taken by her sponsor  when they visited a relative. The new househelp managed to get hold of a mobile and using the SIM card she brought from the Philippines, she called her family and explained the situation to them and asked for help. The new helper's family called various government offices in Manila as well as the Philippine Embassy in Kuwait. They were advised to wait for a perfect opportunity to escape. In August 25, 2025, while their employers are busy, the two HSWs managed to escape and rescued by the ATNU of the Philippine Embassy. As of this writing, Nena is still at the custody of the Philippine Embassy while waiting for  the resolution of the case. The Embassy said that her case is being heard at the Kuwaiti Court. For Nena, a few more years while waiting for the resolution won't be an issue anymore for she already spent 9 long years. The only problem is that her family thought that she is already dead  because she has not been in touch with them for several years.  Nena's story is just one of the tragic experiences  undergone by Filipino HSWs in Kuwait. The work force comprising of more than 600,000 in Kuwait alone, with issues of verbal, physical, emotional ang sexual abuse, maltreatment, unfavorable working conditions, excessive work hours, no day-offs,  and no paid overtime work. There are some that are treated fairly but the cry of those who suffered ill fate with their employer echoes deployment ban for HSWs in Kuwait and even the entire Arab Region.   Source: Kuwait Times  RECOMMENDED: ON JAKATIA PAWA'S EXECUTION: "WE DID EVERYTHING.." -DFA  BELLO ASSURES DECISION ON MORATORIUM MAY COME OUT ANYTIME SOON  SEN. JOEL VILLANUEVA  SUPPORTS DEPLOYMENT BAN ON HSWS IN KUWAIT  AT LEAST 71 OFWS ON DEATH ROW ABROAD  DEPLOYMENT MORATORIUM, NOW! -OFW GROUPS  BE CAREFUL HOW YOU TREAT YOUR HSWS  PRESIDENT DUTERTE WILL VISIT UAE AND KSA, HERE'S WHY  MANPOWER AGENCIES AND RECRUITMENT COMPANIES TO BE HIT DIRECTLY BY HSW DEPLOYMENT MORATORIUM IN KUWAIT  UAE TO START IMPLEMENTING 5%VAT STARTING 2018  REMEMBER THIS 7 THINGS IF YOU ARE APPLYING FOR HOUSEKEEPING JOB IN JAPAN  KENYA , THE LEAST TOXIC COUNTRY IN THE WORLD; SAUDI ARABIA, MOST TOXIC   "JUNIOR CITIZEN "  BILL TO BENEFIT POOR FAMILIES

For almost a decade in working as an HSW in Kuwait, Nena (not her real name), 35, missed the feeling of her salary resting in the palm of her hand before sending it to her family back home.
Her beloved salary did not show up for nine long years!

Nena arrived in Kuwait in June 8, 2015 in the house of her Kuwaiti employer. after a month, she asked for a salary advance of two months to pay her loans  to her relatives. Her request was granted by her employer and they provided receipts for it. Nena's monthly salary was only 45KD. Nena considered it as a gesture of goodwill from the part of her employer. 
Another 2 months  advance followed and the employer again gave what she asked for.It was sent to her family back home and her employer provided her a receipt  that it was indeed sent to her family. Her family in Campostela Valley is poor. They are used to eating anything that's coming from their small farm and the money that she sent could mean a lot to them.
In almost 10 years of tenure, all she got was that 4 months  salary  she asked in advance. After that, she received nothing.


The following months, she was asking for her salary  and her employers simply told her that it is already in her bank account. She never believed it because she never signed any bank documents  applying for a bank account. They even told her that they will surrender her ATM card  when she finally decided to go home the the Philippines.
Everytime Nena  ask for her salary, the simple reply from her employer would be: "It's in the bank already."

When her contract ended, she asked for permission to go home for good. Her employer told her to stay and so she stayed for another 6 months. When the agreed 6 months is over, she was still not allowed to leave. she was locked up and continued to be verbally and physically abused.
Harsh words, physical maltreatment, locked up  without even have the chance to call the embassy or even other HSWs in the neighborhood. "If she saw any small specks of dust in the sofa, she would hit me hard in the head with sticks or any hard objects," Nena recalling her ordeal.

"When my employer asked me to stay for another year after I finished my 2-year  contract, I told them if they could buy me 2  small washing machines and 2 refrigerators out from my salary. They bought it. the items were delivered to me at my sponsor's house. I asked them to buy it for me because I need them in Campostela, I was thinking of using them for business. But 3 years, 4 years, 9 years has passed, I was not able to leave that house. I was stucked there," Nena  narrated.
In April 2015, her employer hired another Filipina. She thought  that her Kuwaiti owner will let her go home for good but she was wrong. In spite of having a new Filipina house help, her employer still won't let go of her. 
The newly hired Filipina helped Nena in her escape. they eyed an opportunity when the two of them  were taken by her sponsor  when they visited a relative. The new househelp managed to get hold of a mobile and using the SIM card she brought from the Philippines, she called her family and explained the situation to them and asked for help. The new helper's family called various government offices in Manila as well as the Philippine Embassy in Kuwait.
They were advised to wait for a perfect opportunity to escape. In August 25, 2025, while their employers are busy, the two HSWs managed to escape and rescued by the ATNU of the Philippine Embassy. As of this writing, Nena is still at the custody of the Philippine Embassy while waiting for  the resolution of the case. The Embassy said that her case is being heard at the Kuwaiti Court. For Nena, a few more years while waiting for the resolution won't be an issue anymore for she already spent 9 long years. The only problem is that her family thought that she is already dead  because she has not been in touch with them for several years.

Nena's story is just one of the tragic experiences  undergone by Filipino HSWs in Kuwait. The work force comprising of more than 600,000 in Kuwait alone, with issues of verbal, physical, emotional ang sexual abuse, maltreatment, unfavorable working conditions, excessive work hours, no day-offs,  and no paid overtime work. There are some that are treated fairly but the cry of those who suffered ill fate with their employers echoes deployment ban for HSWs in Kuwait and even the entire Arab Region.


Source: Kuwait Times

RECOMMENDED:
ON JAKATIA PAWA'S EXECUTION: "WE DID EVERYTHING.." -DFA

BELLO ASSURES DECISION ON MORATORIUM MAY COME OUT ANYTIME SOON

SEN. JOEL VILLANUEVA  SUPPORTS DEPLOYMENT BAN ON HSWS IN KUWAIT

AT LEAST 71 OFWS ON DEATH ROW ABROAD

DEPLOYMENT MORATORIUM, NOW! -OFW GROUPS

BE CAREFUL HOW YOU TREAT YOUR HSWS

PRESIDENT DUTERTE WILL VISIT UAE AND KSA, HERE'S WHY

MANPOWER AGENCIES AND RECRUITMENT COMPANIES TO BE HIT DIRECTLY BY HSW DEPLOYMENT MORATORIUM IN KUWAIT

UAE TO START IMPLEMENTING 5%VAT STARTING 2018

REMEMBER THIS 7 THINGS IF YOU ARE APPLYING FOR HOUSEKEEPING JOB IN JAPAN

KENYA , THE LEAST TOXIC COUNTRY IN THE WORLD; SAUDI ARABIA, MOST TOXIC


"JUNIOR CITIZEN "  BILL TO BENEFIT POOR FAMILIES

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