“All I did is to give my son a better future.”
By Ya Gao & Jingyi Pan
HONG KONG (2019) – April Malco, 26, is a single mother with a 3-year old son. She was the oldest sister of two other siblings in a “normal family.” In pursuit of a higher salary to support her family and give a better future to her son, she said she decided to work in Hong Kong as a domestic helper three years ago.
“My mother and my family are taking good care of him. When he was seven months old I left him to apply here in Hong Kong,” April said.
April came from the Philippine province of the Visayas. In her family, she is the oldest sister. Her father is a farmer and her mother is a housewife.
In Hong Kong, April said she learned several skills, including cooking various cuisines. She said she felt lucky and thankful to work for “kind” employers.
“For three years, I have eight times in a row gone back and forth from [Hong Kong] to home. All of these are at their expenses,” she said.
When April felt homesick, she would call her closest relatives and friends.
After three years of living and working in Hong Kong, April has been able to save enough money to build a small house in her hometown for her family. Talking about the future, she hopes to bring her son and even her whole family to visit Hong Kong someday. Her dream is to be a real mother and spend every single day with her son.