The past three months saw you cooped up at home due to the community quarantines imposed to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Yes, it meant having to work at home, not seeing your friends, and saying goodbye to the outside world. It’s a tough time for everyone, but even more so for Overseas Filipino Workers stuck abroad who have not seen their loved ones in a long time.
You might say the situation is different abroad, but OFWs are also feeling the effects of the pandemic, with some of them left unemployed and all alone in a foreign land. Getting by is hard, but even miles away from the Philippines, Filipinos are stepping up and helping each other survive.
Saudi-based light attendants Vea Valenzuela, Rissy Rodriguez, and Mary Grace Castro have taken it upon themselves to organize a collective to help feed and provide for over 400 OFWs stuck in Saudi.
Rodriguez posted on about the situation of OFWs on social media, and it prompted Castro to trawl the comments in search of more Filipinos who needed help.
With enough donations in kind and in cash and a strong desire to help, the trio assembled a group composed of fellow flight attendants to purchase, pack, and distribute essentials to Filipinos in need.
Times are tough but Filipinos are tougher, and these ladies continue to champion bayanihan even though they’re miles away form home.
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