Introducing myself and my journal: A Woman from the Masa

Myrna Padilla
Posted January 22, 2014 from Philippines

About Me:I grew up in a small, undeveloped fishing village on the island of Bohol in the Philippines. I was born of the Masa, the poorest of the poor. To help my family break the cycle of poverty and to save my own two girls, I became an Overseas Filipino Worker (OFW). I spent 20 years overseas in Singapore, Taiwan and Hong Kong working as a Nanny and domestic helper. Both my girls graduated college.

In Hong Kong, an eight year old Chinese boy under my care taught me to use a computer. Today, I own and operate a successful technology based outsourcing company in Davao City, Philippines.

As a woman empowered with technology, I am compelled to act on behalf of the sisters I left behind. Others keep telling this is not begging, but fighting for a cause. I hope that is true. http://igg.me/p/620262/x/1082425

My Passions:Advocacy for Migrant Workers and the fight against human trafficking.

My Challenges:Not enough time in the day to do all that needs to be done.

My Vision for the Future:One day, the least among us will be empoered with technology to help themselves and those around them.

My Areas of Expertise:Social Media Application Development

WWW: Women Weave the Web

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Alexandra Fercak
Jan 22, 2014
Jan 22, 2014

Hello Myrna, so great to see you join the World Pulse network! I just joined myself. I love your story about how you learned to use the computer and what you did with that new skill - that is so great! Your story is very inspiring!

Looking forward to networking with you! :)

Alexandra

Myrna Padilla
Jan 22, 2014
Jan 22, 2014

Mam Alexandra, thank you for the kind words. You are so beautiful. I am sure your photography will be a great adventure.

Also, I have updated my profile. Please take a look at the video link of me talking about my passion. As a woman empowered with technology, I am simply compelled to act on behalf of the sisters I left behind. Others keep telling this is not begging, but fighting for a cause. I hope that is true. http://igg.me/p/620262/x/1082425

Nusrat Ara
Jan 23, 2014
Jan 23, 2014

Dear friend,

Welcome to WorldPulse! You are now part of a thriving community of women from all parts of the world. See the Online Community Getting Started Guide to learn more about networking in our community: http://www.worldpulse.com/pulsewire/about/guide

Please explore the site to meet the women and also find the groups of your interest.

I look forward to hearing your voice in the community!

In friendship,

Yvette Warren
Jan 23, 2014
Jan 23, 2014

Wow! You are a wonder woman! You are an example to all who want to make life better for the world's children and grandchildren.

It is a blessing to "beg" for the benefit of others. I spent many years in fundraising and promotion, both for for-profit and non-profit businesses. I prefer to teach "enlightened self-interest" and building partnerships, instead of begging. It is more empowering to all concerned.

Blessings on your endeavors.

LeanaM
Jan 23, 2014
Jan 23, 2014

Myrna, thank you for posting this! I would love to hear more of your story and your journey...using technology to empower yourself and your family. If you can, please tell the community more about it, and submit it to the Women Weave the Web campaign, which launched just recently! http://worldpulse.com/campaigns/www By submitting to this campaign, you'll also be eligible for some fantastic prizes...

Thanks for joining and welcome to the community- Leana Mayzlina Digital Action Campaigns Manager World Pulse

maombi aline
Jan 24, 2014
Jan 24, 2014

Merci pour le partage,ton histoire me conforte beaucoup

valjune42
Jan 30, 2014
Jan 30, 2014

Hi there Myrna,

As a strong believer in anti-human trafficking efforts and a recent college graduate, your story moved me beyond words. I am extremely passionate about the anti human trafficking efforts both on a grassroots level, and as large as Polaris Project, La Strada, and Somaly Mam. Your own survivor story and the passion you have for helping and developing efforts for women in similar situations is not only inspiring, but extremely motivational for those who aren't sure how to get started in combating efforts. An alumna from my University started a similar digital and technology focused movement within the Gulf states, www.migrant-rights.org, I urge you to connect and network with the organizers of this website as they have been working and developing a similar way to make accessible a digital platform for those who have not had the chance to be heard.

I will be following your efforts through Twitter and your website, trying to promote your cause in the future.

Thank you for your love and heart for the world and its women. Valorie

Nabiye Tal
Jan 31, 2014
Jan 31, 2014

Hi Myrna, Honestly i was personally touched reading your story. It is so inspiring what you are doing and also motivating, you are welcome to world pulse, a place where you have the liberty to raise your voice and be heard. For me, since i joined world pulse my knowledge and skills on humanitarian services have greatly improved, so i encourage you to continue on this honourable path that you have chosen, of making great impacts on individuals, women and children, which i strongly believe will spread in no time to the entire society where everyone especially women will continue to have one voice, standing out and taking action against all forms of violence against them. Women are usually the primary victims of human trafficking, and i am convinced that the work you are doing will surely lead us to a world free from trafficking. Thank you for sharing and i also look forward to partnering with you. Cheers.

tjron1
Feb 04, 2014
Feb 04, 2014

Myrna,

Hello. The strength and courage it has taken for you to overcome everything is amazing. I am so impressed by you! You have done so much!

Don't ever think that fighting for this cause is asking for a handout. It is not! What you are doing is lending your story to the world so that they can know and see your experiences and find a little of your strength as they fight past their own.

What you are also doing is asking people from around the world to help fight against human trafficking and to fight for migrant worker rights. This is not begging. Begging is asking for someone to give you something while doing nothing with what you have been given. That is not what you are doing. You are not asking for yourself. You are asking for others. Your plan is not to collect money for yourself and continue to beg. Your plan is to help others be free from horrible wrongs. Helping others is good! Being brave and asking everyone to help others is heroic! Don't stop that fight!

Tammy tjron1@gmail.com

Julia O
Feb 04, 2014
Feb 04, 2014

Hi Myrna, I find your story so interesting and inspiring. I think it's wonderful that both your daughters graduated college. It is very inspiring to me that you lived away from home so long and were able to succeed both there and when you came back. I am curious about your story in general - how you felt working in Hong Kong, Taiwan and Singapore; what you missed most about home; more about the boy in your care in Hong Kong who taught you how to use a computer and more. I also think it's so cool you run a company today!! And I agree with you that there is never enough time in the day. I hope World Pulse will be an exciting place where you can connect with other like-minded people from around the world.

Julia

Fatima Waziri - Azi
Feb 05, 2014
Feb 05, 2014

Hey there! Welcome to Worldpulse community!

It’s so exciting having you with us, I am sure you will have a fabulous time with your new online friends as well as find this to be a very positive experience. I encourage you to take advantage of the numerous resources and features available through our vibrant online community.

Welcome again to our global community and I look forward to hearing more from you.

Myrna Padilla
Feb 06, 2014
Feb 06, 2014

Thank you all for commenting and the kind words of encouragement. I promise to answer all your questions in a series of future posts.

And I apologize for the delayed response. I am so buried in work here, but the work is soooo exciting. We have begun work on a mobile application for civic organizations, like the Rotary Club, Lion's Club etc. that is a direct result of our work on mobile to help migrant workers. My programmers call it "exhaust". Exhaust is the technical term they use for stuff/ideas/concepts that comes sputtering out of the back end of any project. In this case, the exhaust may be valuable enough to fully fund my advocacy. I know I am dreaming here, but the fact I tell you all about it means it is no longer just a dream. It has become real. My job now is to make it happen.

valjune42
Feb 12, 2014
Feb 12, 2014

You are AWEsome!

CamilaFMScialla
Feb 11, 2014
Feb 11, 2014

Hi Myrna,

I'm impressed with your story. Your movement from being an overseas worker to using the internet as a means of expressing your concerns with human trafficking. As someone who's very much interested in trafficking, it's wonderful hearing the story of someone else who is working against this issue. I would love to hear more about your work and how technology impacts what you do.

Peace & Gratitude, Camila

Nompumelelo Fortunate
Feb 11, 2014
Feb 11, 2014

Hello Myrna,

Welcome to World Pulse Community and thank you for sharing your story. You are such an inspiration to me and women all the world. Keep sharing with us.

Nompumelelo

Judyannet M
Feb 18, 2014
Feb 18, 2014

Myrna,

Good job on the work that you are doing. Most importantly,using technology to impact positive change in the community in this age means more women and girls after you will get positively influenced. I read your story and I could 'read' your strength in the process. Your story is the real definition of rising above the circumstances. No doubt any woman and the young girls out there facing insurmountable challenges would be inspired by your story into action. Keep doing what your are doing and inspire others and together we can positively change society. I would be interested in the specific activities that you are engaged in now.

Power to you Myrna and all the women out there working to shatter limits.