When Mommy and Daddy Work Far Away-Overseas Contract Worker (OCW) Life Seen Through Child's Eyes

All over the world parents leave their children to work overseas. This children's book, The Boy Who Dreamed to Be With His Parents on Saipan, shares a child's perspective on the effects on the children of these Overseas Contract Workers (OCWs)
Jan. 24, 2012 - PRLog -- Publisher announces the 2012 Kindle/Nook release of a children's book entitled The Boy Who Dreamed to Be With His Parents on Saipan, a true story inspired by a third grade boy's class project, which captures  a unique perspective of the worldwide Overseas Contract Worker (OCW or OFW* in The Philippines) phenomenon specifically as it relates to the thousands of workers from the Philippines who migrated to work on the US Commonwealth island of Saipan, Northern Marianas. The Boy Who Dreamed to Be With His Parents on Saipan is told from the perspective of Emmanuel Ramos, a young boy whose parents both migrated to Saipan leaving him to be raised by his aunt and cousins in Manila.

"My son came home one day with a school project to write his autobiography," says Emmanuel's mother, Riza Oledan-Ramos, a Filipina nurse on Saipan explaining the inspiration for the book. "As I helped him arrange the photographs and events of his life, he told me things he remembered, things he actually felt, and things that I had missed while I was away from him. As I put myself in his shoes and thought like a child, it really gave me a different understanding of how sad it was for him, and imagined how many children all over the world are being left by mothers or fathers who work jobs far from home. My aim through this book is not only to offer a memorable experience for children, but also to touch a parent's heart with simple words from a child’s point of view."

Emmanuel shares what it was like having a "long distance family"--growing up in Manila without his parents, meeting his dad for the first time, attending school and graduations while longing to see his parents--and his big dream of being with his parents on Saipan.

"This book captures a reality that affects millions of families worldwide," says Walt F.J. Goodridge, the book's publishing consultant and co-editor. "It's written from a child's perspective, but anyone who has ever had to feel the pain of separation from a loved one leaving to work abroad in search of  better life, or to serve in the military will be able to relate. Adults have shared how touching it was them to read it. Sometimes it takes seeing the world through a child's eyes to make things crystal clear."

*Distinct from OCW, the term OFW was officially adopted under Philippine President Fidel V Ramos' administration to give recognition to the millions of Filipinos who sacrifice by working in other countries. The change--replacing 'Contract' with 'Filipino' - honors these workers by pledging the Philippine government's commitment to their welfare wherever they may be, and removing the pre-condition of possession of a "contract" in order for the Philippine consulates worldwide to come to their aid, under the Migrant Workers and Overseas Filipinos Act of 1995. [Source: wikipilipinas.org]

Order the paperback and learn more at http://www.RizaRamosBooks.com

TITLE:          The Boy Who Dreamed to Be With His Parents on Saipan
AUTHOR:           Riza Oledan-Ramos
FORMATS:           Paperback, Kindle, Nook
ISBN-10/13:       0982868405 / 978-0982868409

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