A widower with two children, Genevieve Regato Soliven has been working as a domestic worker in Malaysia. She works abroad to support his kids’ education so that they become ‘better persons.’ She recalled working at 12 years old to help her parents earn a living. She was making hopia for a bakery back then.
As an overseas Filipino worker (OFW), her greatest frustration in life is when his kids need her the most, especially when they are seeking and longing for her love. Her love for her children is her inspiration to go in life.
While working overseas, she perseveres and educates herself in order to achieve her goals in life and alleviate the plight of her family and her loved ones. Soliven was allowed to train and study to obtain basic skills through the Filipino Malaysian Cultural Sports and Welfare Society Basic Skills Workforce Training Program. She then took another course, this time in Physical Therapy. She also acquired a diploma in Learning Disorder Management and Child Psychology.
A 2018 Bagong Bayani Outstanding Employee Awardee, Soliven accepted an additional job as a reliever at the University Malaya Medical Clinic as a caregiver after acquiring more knowledge from three universities in Malaysia, namely The College of Allied Educators, Asia -e University, and FTMS Global Academy.
Despite being a volunteer for the hospital, the quality of her job as a domestic worker was never compromised.
Soliven’s employer, Mr. Abdel Baset Mohamed Elnabawi Abdel Hamid, also allowed her to take another job as a shadow teacher for a school in Malaysia where she provides additional support to children with learning disabilities. Her employer himself, who has a child with special needs, is very pleased with the initiative Soliven was participating in.
She is indeed living a very colorful and active life overseas. Soliven, in her free time, joins hundreds of participants in marathons where she secures medals. Just recently, she finished the 5-km at the Olympic Council Malaysia.
“Don’t stop learning. When you stop learning, you stop growing. We have failed, but we found success because we were able to stand back up and try again,” she said.
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