As I have mentioned before, there are problems when the families are separated due to having to go overseas to work so they can support their families. There are the problems of a single parent raising the children or sometimes both parents work overseas; the children are raised by relatives.
The absent parent miss birthdays, anniversaries, and often births and deaths. When Jun died a couple years ago, both parents were overseas and didn’t get to go home until after he was buried.
Another thing that unfortunately happens is that the absent person develops a new relationship where they are working. One of the families that we help, the father went to the middle east to work. At first the money was coming regularly. Then as time progressed it became undependable and then stopped completely.
He had developed a relationship with a woman working in the same area where he was employed. Five years later, he hasn’t come home and the woman is struggling to find ways to support her and her three young daughters.
Unfortunately, that is not the only thing that happens. In the outskirts of the village is a woman whose husband left her and their two children and is a sailor working on merchant ships. While he was gone, she found a sympathetic friend and things have gone down from there.
These are a few of the reasons that the school has become important to the local leaders. Keeping the family unit intact while providing the resources to provide a wage that will allow the family to have an income that provides a reasonable living is the goal of the school and the local leaders.
The video shows a small part of the picture of what they face.
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