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New Delhi takes steps to end corruption in hospitals

NEW DELHI: The Indian government on Saturday ordered a review of activities at all state-owned hospitals to end what the health minister called systemic corruption, as part of the new administration’s crackdown on malpractice in the health care sector. Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government has vowed to eradicate graft in India’s $74 billion health care industry, where doctors receiving extra payments for referring patients to a particular clinic or receiving gifts from companies for prescribing their drugs are common. “There are many aspects to corruption in hospitals which as a medico I know exist,” Health Minister Harsh Vardhan said in a statement. “If money is made in the allocation of beds or as kickbacks from suppliers, it is sleaze. What is equally corrupt is the silent practice of reserving beds and facilities for employees or VIPs.” Private companies dominate India’s health care system, while government hospitals are overcrowded and lack the resources to cater to growing demand. Though the industry is growing at 15 percent per year according to consulting firm PwC, public spending on health care has stagnated at about 1 percent of gross domestic product for years. That compares to 3 percent in China and 8.3 percent in the United States, according to a World Bank database for 2012. The review ordered on Saturday would also apply to New Delhi’s premier All India Institute of Medical Sciences, where thousands of patients queue up daily for subsidized treatment. The government crackdown started last month after a media report exposed alleged kickback arrangements between diagnostic laboratories and doctors in India’s capital. In recent months, leading doctors and advocacy groups have teamed up to try to root out corruption from the system, forming anti-graft panels at hospitals and writing open letters to the government. - REUTERS

KCR Changes Stand On Hyderabad Metro Rail Design

Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao has apparently changed his stand on the Hyderabad Metro Rail project. KCR, who had earlier asked the Metro Rail authorities to go in for underground tracks at some places, has indicated that the project would go ahead with some changes just in its alignment. Chatting with reporters at his camp office, KCR said that the Metro Rail route would be changed near the Assembly building and Sultan Bazar to ensure that no damage was cause to the heritage structure and the busy market respectively. Similarly, slight modifications would be made to the design of the rail for the section near the Moazzam Jahi Market to ensure protection of heritage structures. The Chief Minister also praised the last Nizam for having left about 35 lakh acres of land for the government. He said that a proper utilisation of land would take Telangana to the next level. He also hinted at a Cabinet expansion after his return from Singapore. (INN)
Massive household survey begins in Telangana, ‘outsider’ fear rife

Massive household survey begins in Telangana, ‘outsider’ fear rife

Hyderabad: The ‘Intensive Household Survey’ across Telangana, aiming to ascertain the details of an estimated 84 lakh families living in the state, began on Tuesday morning. About four lakh employees of Telangana, including teachers and policemen, are involved in the massive exercise, according to an official press release here. In contrast to heavy traffic witnessed in the morning hours usually, roads in Hyderabad wore a deserted look. The government has declared a holiday for the day and appealed to the people to stay at homes for the purpose of the survey. Public transport buses and trains witnessed huge rush of people over the last few days travelling to their native places in view of the survey. Telangana natives living in cities like Mumbai, Surat and other places have also reportedly sought to come to their native places for the survey. Dismissing allegations that the survey is aimed at identifying Seemandhra natives, Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao said on Sunday last the exercise is intended to ensure that benefits of Government schemes reached the targeted sections. According to the “Check Slip” posted on the website of Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC), data is sought about the number of family members in a household, water tap connection, property tax assessment, LPG & electricity connections, bank account, Aadhaar card, caste certificate, birth certificate, disability, vehicles and land owned. The enumerators have made pre-survey visits to the households in the run up to the survey. In a release last evening, Rao appealed to the people to make the survey a success. Observing the survey is being conducted for providing welfare schemes to the people and find out what they want, he has asked citizens to give correct information to the enumerators.
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    Saudi woman’s quest for childhood nanny touches heart of a nation

    Saudi woman’s quest for childhood nanny touches heart of a nation

    Rawan Radwan and Marie ‘Ning’ BernardoJEDDAH : SIRAJ WAHAB When Saudi freelance journalist Rawan Radwan set out to locate her childhood nanny, she never imagined that her search would become an international news story, warming hearts around the globe. Three years ago, the 29-year-old Saudi woman and her sister, Hadeel, discovered a deeply touching personal letter written to their mother by a woman from the Philippines 22 years ago. “The discovery of that letter sparked my curiosity to find this person,” said Radwan. “She was our nanny, and her full name was Marie ‘Ning’ Bernardo. Many of our happy childhood memories are associated with her.” With time and distance working against her, Radwan was frustrated time and again in her quest to locate the long lost nanny. “I wanted to know where life had taken her,” she told Arab News. “She was very caring; it was she who instilled a sense of discipline in us; she was the one who read bedtime stories to us; she was the one who taught us English.” The then-youngsters were particularly attached to Marie because of the nature of their parents’ jobs. “My father, the late Mohammed Jamil Radwan, was a diplomat posted in Jakarta; my mother, Fatma M. Zain, was a lecturer in Jeddah. Both had very busy work schedules, and so we were left in our nanny’s care most of the time at that formative, impressionable age, and so everything good that she did for us remained deep within.” Radwan said she and her sister may have had 10 nannies after Marie, but “no one could replace her in kindness and goodness, and that is why I wanted to reach her.” Armed with the nanny’s name and that letter, Radwan scoured the Internet. “I went to every single social networking site — Google, Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn. I would enter her first name, her middle name, her last name, and the name of her city and her country — everything … I searched her with every possible permutation and combination, but I drew a blank,” she said. After three years of off-and-on search, Radwan had almost given up when two weeks ago she Googled “Quezon,” the province from where the letter had been posted. “I came up with the province’s official webpage. On that website was a telephone number. I dialed and spoke with Eva Palma, an assistant in the governor’s office. I told her my purpose and gave her the address that was mentioned in the letter. She took down my contact details and promised to call me back. I even e-mailed our nanny’s picture to her.” It seems Palma was not able to find the address, so she contacted Danny Estacio, a journalist at Manila Bulletin newspaper, and passed on all the details to him along with the photo. Sensing a brilliant story, Estacio ran a piece in his newspaper along with Marie’s picture. “Our nanny saw her photograph in the newspaper and came to Palma’s office with three albums full of photos that connected her with us,” said Radwan. “All those pictures that are now in the Philippine newspapers and television stations are from her.” The nanny was then approached by a Philippine television station. GMA News TV’s “Kapuso Mo Jessica Soho” got the nanny into the studio, and Radwan was connected from Jeddah. “The two of us saw each other for the first time after 22 years,” she said. “It was an incredible, fascinating fairytale.” Marie is now in Candelaria, a town in Quezon Province. Radwan, her mother, sister and a brother, who was very small when Marie left them, are over the moon. “Good people have a way of weaving their way into our hearts. She was extremely nice to us, and the things that she wrote in that famous letter were extremely heartwarming. There was a special note for my younger sister. I was six at that time, and she was four. She doesn’t remember her a lot, but from the letter it was pretty evident that Hadeel was Marie’s favorite. She called me Roona affectionately and my sister Looli. We called her Dada.” On the television program, Radwan said to Marie: “Dada, we missed you; we love you, and I hope you are good and happy. I hope you finally found the love of your life and the life that you always wanted. I wish you more blessings. And, I hope to see you soon.” Radwan wants to thank all those who helped her locate her nanny. “I would like to express my gratitude to Eva Palma for accepting my offer to help find my nanny. I wouldn’t have been able to start my initial search without her. I want to thank Estacio for publishing my story and making my voice heard, and lastly I would like to also thank the team at the ‘Kapuso Mo Jessica Soho’ television show for taking the time to tell my story and making my nanny the star that she deserves to be.” For Radwan, all is well that ends well. She wants to meet her in person. “There are so many things that we have planned for her,” she said. “She was our role model, and she will continue to be one — forever.”
    ‘I can still see the same kindness in her eyes’

    ‘I can still see the same kindness in her eyes’

    Rawan Radwan meets Marie Luningning Bebit in the Philippines.Saudi journalist in emotional reunion with Filipino childhood nanny MANILA: RIMA AL-MUKHTAR A Saudi journalist who was on a quest to find her childhood nanny has finally reunited with the woman who left the Kingdom 22 years ago. Arab News’ sister publication Sayidaty magazine sponsored Rawan Radwan’s trip all the way from Jeddah to Manila. “At first, I thought it was a joke when the magazine informed me that they would fly me out to the Philippines,” she said. Radwan said: “I was very excited and counted the hours until I finally flew into Manila’s airport. Even then, I still couldn’t believe I was actually in the Philippines.” She said: “The next day flew by fast as we toured the city, but I was extremely excited anticipating the meet between us.” “Seeing her face as I walked toward her, I could see genuine love and I felt the same way,” she said. “It was great to surprise her the way we did. It was an epic moment that I will never forget.” Local Filipino show “Kapuso Mo Jessica Soho,” English for “one at heart,” organized a ceremony to recognize the accomplishment of Marie Luningning Bebit, now the only female town police officer, in combatting violence against women and children. “I was given a great opportunity when I got to see the child that I helped raise over 20 years ago. I think I am being rewarded for my volunteer work,” said Marie. “I am grateful for everything Rawan and her family had given me before and are giving me now. I will always remember them and will surely keep in touch,” she added. It’s always great to meet people who are kind to their domestic workers, Jessica Soho, host of the leading news-magazine show in Philippines, told Arab News. “Many of our countrymen work in Saudi Arabia and we usually only hear the negative stories. This is why it was very important for me to bring this positive experience to my audience.” She said: “I think it touched and inspired a lot of us and it also somehow highlighted the heroism of our countrymen, especially mothers who leave their children behind and go to Saudi Arabia in search of a good job to provide for them.” Radwan’s story went viral on Filipino social media sites, where people shared their positive thoughts and comments about the issue. “Appreciating what ‘dada’ (Arabic for housemaid) did for them is the heartwarming story of the night,” said Arvin Castro, the show’s Facebook page administrator. “We are really proud of this family and, of course, of overseas Filipino workers who are spending their time working abroad for their families,” he added. Touched by the story, Saudi Arabian Airlines offered to sponsor the tickets to help Rawan reach her destination non-stop from Jeddah to Manila. Rawan was also given a complimentary stay at the luxury Fairmont Makati Hotel in Manila. According to Rawan, Marie still looks the same, only with shorter hair. “I can see the same smile, the same kindness in her eyes and I still see the nanny who has lived with us for years under one roof,” she said. “This trip was not only an amazing gift, but was also a learning experience for me. I was able to learn about Filipino culture by experiencing the local cuisine, attire, language, different landscapes and most importantly, the area where she lives. I got to see how beautiful and close-knit her community is,” she added. Rawan and Marie pledge to continue communicating and reconnecting to make up for the years they were apart.
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    ‘I can still see the same kindness in her eyes’

    ‘I can still see the same kindness in her eyes’

    Rawan Radwan meets Marie Luningning Bebit in the Philippines.Saudi journalist in emotional reunion with Filipino childhood nanny MANILA: RIMA AL-MUKHTAR A Saudi journalist who was on a quest to find her childhood nanny has finally reunited with the woman who left the Kingdom 22 years ago. Arab News’ sister publication Sayidaty magazine sponsored Rawan Radwan’s trip all the way from Jeddah to Manila. “At first, I thought it was a joke when the magazine informed me that they would fly me out to the Philippines,” she said. Radwan said: “I was very excited and counted the hours until I finally flew into Manila’s airport. Even then, I still couldn’t believe I was actually in the Philippines.” She said: “The next day flew by fast as we toured the city, but I was extremely excited anticipating the meet between us.” “Seeing her face as I walked toward her, I could see genuine love and I felt the same way,” she said. “It was great to surprise her the way we did. It was an epic moment that I will never forget.” Local Filipino show “Kapuso Mo Jessica Soho,” English for “one at heart,” organized a ceremony to recognize the accomplishment of Marie Luningning Bebit, now the only female town police officer, in combatting violence against women and children. “I was given a great opportunity when I got to see the child that I helped raise over 20 years ago. I think I am being rewarded for my volunteer work,” said Marie. “I am grateful for everything Rawan and her family had given me before and are giving me now. I will always remember them and will surely keep in touch,” she added. It’s always great to meet people who are kind to their domestic workers, Jessica Soho, host of the leading news-magazine show in Philippines, told Arab News. “Many of our countrymen work in Saudi Arabia and we usually only hear the negative stories. This is why it was very important for me to bring this positive experience to my audience.” She said: “I think it touched and inspired a lot of us and it also somehow highlighted the heroism of our countrymen, especially mothers who leave their children behind and go to Saudi Arabia in search of a good job to provide for them.” Radwan’s story went viral on Filipino social media sites, where people shared their positive thoughts and comments about the issue. “Appreciating what ‘dada’ (Arabic for housemaid) did for them is the heartwarming story of the night,” said Arvin Castro, the show’s Facebook page administrator. “We are really proud of this family and, of course, of overseas Filipino workers who are spending their time working abroad for their families,” he added. Touched by the story, Saudi Arabian Airlines offered to sponsor the tickets to help Rawan reach her destination non-stop from Jeddah to Manila. Rawan was also given a complimentary stay at the luxury Fairmont Makati Hotel in Manila. According to Rawan, Marie still looks the same, only with shorter hair. “I can see the same smile, the same kindness in her eyes and I still see the nanny who has lived with us for years under one roof,” she said. “This trip was not only an amazing gift, but was also a learning experience for me. I was able to learn about Filipino culture by experiencing the local cuisine, attire, language, different landscapes and most importantly, the area where she lives. I got to see how beautiful and close-knit her community is,” she added. Rawan and Marie pledge to continue communicating and reconnecting to make up for the years they were apart.
    KSA eases rules for major global firms

    KSA eases rules for major global firms

    Saudi Arabia has eased procedures for major international companies to participate in the country’s vital projects in infrastructure, energy, information technology, construction, operation and maintenance. The Council of Ministers, chaired by Deputy Crown Prince Muqrin, on Monday approved several steps that pave the way for well-known foreign companies to work in the Kingdom without being subject to rating procedures. The Cabinet authorized the Ministry of Municipal and Rural Affairs to draft a list of well-known foreign companies to carry out various projects in coordination with other government agencies. The Saudi Arabian General Investment Authority (SAGIA) shall register the companies on the list and qualify them according to specific rules and criteria, in addition to granting them temporary certificates to implement a government project, the Cabinet said. “These certificates shall be considered as certificates of classification for companies to compete for government projects and make their offers,” said Culture and Information Minister Abdul Aziz Khoja while explaining the Cabinet decisions. Khoja said the Cabinet authorized the foreign minister to enter into discussions with his counterpart in Burkina Faso to sign a draft agreement on general cooperation between the two countries. The Cabinet also approved the general agreement of cooperation with Kyrgyz Republic, which covers cooperation in all economic fields, visits between the two sides and cooperation in education, scientific research and technical sciences through the exchange of information in areas of common interest and exchange of information on scientific research and technology. The Cabinet ratified the agreement with Algeria for the avoidance of double taxation and prevention of tax evasion with respect to taxes on income and capital. “The Cabinet also authorized the labor minister to discuss with his Jordanian counterpart a draft agreement for cooperation in the labor sector,” Khoja said. - Arab News
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    Gulf NRIs neglected by state governments - Aug 19 2014

    The State Bank of Hyderabad organized a meeting of Gulf NRIs at its headquarters recently where senior officials of the bank announced a ‘representative’ office in the UAE soon. The officials wanted the Gulf NRIs to help them create awareness about the bank among Indians and thereby, help them get more business. But the power-point presentation by the bank officials lacked depth and effect. Strangely, bank officials not only refused to divulge details about the number of people from Telangana and Andhra Pradesh working in the gulf, but also failed to share any estimate of the remittance sent by gulf NRIs to their bank or other banks in Hyderabad. When a participant asked whether SBH would offer any special product/plan to the people of Hyderabad, a bank official unabashedly said: “We are going to function there (in the UAE) as a pan-Indian bank and not as a pan-Hyderabad bank.” This attitude of the SBH is indicative of the total lack of interest in the welfare of NRIs, among state governments and financial institutions, ever since the Gulf became an attractive foreign labour market in the early 1970s. The gross indifference is largely rooted in the fact that a significant number of Gulf NRIs from this part of the country come from economically backward strata of society. Secondly, they have failed to create a political lobby since they are scattered across the six Gulf states. In other words, they neither pose a threat nor are a solid vote bank for politicians. The governments have been fooled by policy-makers into believing that since the NRIs are poor, they are no help to the state, a fallacy paraded by a prejudiced bureaucracy and profit-hungry bankers accepted by the corrupt political elite. The fact is that even if an Indian worker is earning an average of 2,000 saudi riyals a month (about Rs 25,000), he would only spend between 1/4th and 1/3rd of that money and send the remaining amount to his family in India. Even if he is spending half of the money he earns, the other half or Rs 12,500 would be sent home. M Bheem Reddy, vice-president Migrant Rights Council, has worked out a formula after working for several years to bring some succour to the suffering gulf NRIs. According to his estimates, there are at least 10 lakh persons from Telangana and 10 lakh from AP currently engaged in a variety of jobs in the Gulf. If one NRI is sending home Rs 10,000 a month that would mean that he has remitted Rs 1,20,000 a year to his home state. That would amount to 10 lakh workers sending Rs 120,000 crore (about $2 billion). In fact, according to a 2014 report of Amnesty International India on Indian workers in Saudi Arabia, this workforce is believed to be sending $8.2 billion back to the country annually. How is it that a group which send $2 billion home every year do not figure in the government policies of the country? The Telangana government should not wait for some disaster to happen in the Gulf to devise a rush-up policy. Instead, it should urgently undertake a survey that would address at least two major groups within the larger group of Gulf NRIs. One part of the survey should focus on the issues related to the people from Hyderabad, especially from the Old City, and the other should take into account people from districts like Karimnagar, Nizamabad, Adilabad and Mahbubnagar from where a significant number of farmers have gone to the Gulf to mitigate their sufferings. Suicides of persons who return home empty-handed often belong to the latter group. The government of Telangana and AP are bound by both law and ethics to take care of their denizens who have been migrating to the Gulf countries to provide a life of dignity to their loved ones. It would be an unpardonable crime if their problems and aspirations are not taken care of. - TNN
    Telangana Business and Investment Forum launched by NRIs of Saudi Arabia

    Telangana Business and Investment Forum launched by NRIs of Saudi Arabia - Aug 18 2014

    - By Mohd Saifuddin, Yahind.com The Deputy Chief Minister of the newly formed Telangana state Mr. Mahmood Ali assured the prospective NRI investors that they are not required to run pillar to post for obtaining the approvals from different departments. Rather, the Telangana government wholeheartedly welcome the projects from NRIs and the Saudi investors and will ensure to grant all the required approvals quickly through the office of the Chief Minister, Telangana. Assuring all the possible help and support from the government, he urged the NRIs to come forward for investments in the newly formed state. Mahmood Ali was addressing a group of NRIs on the occasion of launching the Telangana Business and Investment Forum (TBIF) at the auditorium of Federation of Andhra Pradesh Chamber of Commerce and Industries (FAPCCI). Mahmood Ali also announced that shortly he will lead the delegation to Kerala to study the steps taken by the Kerala government to help Non Resident Karalaites. He congratulated the office bearers of newly formed TBIF and stressed on the necessity to empower Muslim youth by technical education, personality and soft skills development. He assured that the state government will take necessary steps to provide technical education to one lakh youth of old city. Deputy Chief Minister of Telangana also reiterated that the government is firm on its assurance to promote Urdu language in the state. He announced Urdu sign boards will be placed on all the departments before Eid Ul Adha. He disclosed that the government is considering a plan to offer pension to poets and writers in recognition of their contributions and services. Expressing his concern over the poor standard of living of the members of erstwhile royal families, he said necessary steps will be taken to help them. The rule of their forefathers, the Nizams was the example of secularism. Referring the Pre Police Action era as the “Golden Era” Mahmood Ali said that was a peaceful period when Nizam appointed several non-Muslims on prominent posts. The Deputy Chief Minister of Telangana Mahmood Ali is planning to visit Saudi Arabia to perform Hajj this year. After performing hajj he is expected to visit Jeddah and address the gathering of NRIs. Later on, Telangana government delegation will also visit Saudi Arabia to expedite the problems of Telanganaites in the Kingdom. Senior congress leader and AICC National coordinator for Minority Affairs Mohammed Khaleeq ur Rahman appreciated the initiatives of the KCR government and informed that the NRIs in Saudi Arabia are very happy with the Telangana government. During his recent visit to the Kingdom many NRIs conveyed their appreciation for the leadership of Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao. Appreciating the state government over its concern for all sections, Rahman announced that shortly a delegation will meet the Chief Minister. Deputy Chief Minister will lead the delegation which will give representation to the CM about the problems of Telangana NRIs in the Gulf countries. Expressing his happiness on the formation of TBIF, Rahman congratulated the office bearers and expressed well wishes for it. Rahman has been instrumental in the formation of the TBIF and he has been closely associated with the NRIs and their issues. Mr.Balle Rao IAS and Secretary General FAPCCI assured the total support of the Chamber of Commerce to TBIF and requested the TBIF to prepare a charter and the guidelines for the investment by the Telangana entrepreneurs in Saudi Arabia and the middle east. Dr. Mohammed Ashraf Ali, President TBIF welcomed the gathering while Vice President Syed Akram Mohiuddin presented bouquet and the momento to the Deputy CM and proposed vote of thanks. Mir Mohsin Ali, Secretary General and Media Coordinator TBIF present momento to Mohammed Khaleeq ur Rahman. Trustee Chairman Federation of Indian Associations (USA) Iftekhar Shareef is the guest of honor Mumtaz Ali Akram, Aijaz Ahmed Khan, Corporate Consultant Vishwanathan Ganesan, Syed Zia ur Rahman, CEO, yahind.com and several prominent NRIs from Saudi Arabia, UAE, USA, Canada, and large number of print and electronic media attended the event. - Yahind News
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    ‘I can still see the same kindness in her eyes’

    ‘I can still see the same kindness in her eyes’

    Rawan Radwan meets Marie Luningning Bebit in the Philippines.Saudi journalist in emotional reunion with Filipino childhood nanny MANILA: RIMA AL-MUKHTAR A Saudi journalist who was on a quest to find her childhood nanny has finally reunited with the woman who left the Kingdom 22 years ago. Arab News’ sister publication Sayidaty magazine sponsored Rawan Radwan’s trip all the way from Jeddah to Manila. “At first, I thought it was a joke when the magazine informed me that they would fly me out to the Philippines,” she said. Radwan said: “I was very excited and counted the hours until I finally flew into Manila’s airport. Even then, I still couldn’t believe I was actually in the Philippines.” She said: “The next day flew by fast as we toured the city, but I was extremely excited anticipating the meet between us.” “Seeing her face as I walked toward her, I could see genuine love and I felt the same way,” she said. “It was great to surprise her the way we did. It was an epic moment that I will never forget.” Local Filipino show “Kapuso Mo Jessica Soho,” English for “one at heart,” organized a ceremony to recognize the accomplishment of Marie Luningning Bebit, now the only female town police officer, in combatting violence against women and children. “I was given a great opportunity when I got to see the child that I helped raise over 20 years ago. I think I am being rewarded for my volunteer work,” said Marie. “I am grateful for everything Rawan and her family had given me before and are giving me now. I will always remember them and will surely keep in touch,” she added. It’s always great to meet people who are kind to their domestic workers, Jessica Soho, host of the leading news-magazine show in Philippines, told Arab News. “Many of our countrymen work in Saudi Arabia and we usually only hear the negative stories. This is why it was very important for me to bring this positive experience to my audience.” She said: “I think it touched and inspired a lot of us and it also somehow highlighted the heroism of our countrymen, especially mothers who leave their children behind and go to Saudi Arabia in search of a good job to provide for them.” Radwan’s story went viral on Filipino social media sites, where people shared their positive thoughts and comments about the issue. “Appreciating what ‘dada’ (Arabic for housemaid) did for them is the heartwarming story of the night,” said Arvin Castro, the show’s Facebook page administrator. “We are really proud of this family and, of course, of overseas Filipino workers who are spending their time working abroad for their families,” he added. Touched by the story, Saudi Arabian Airlines offered to sponsor the tickets to help Rawan reach her destination non-stop from Jeddah to Manila. Rawan was also given a complimentary stay at the luxury Fairmont Makati Hotel in Manila. According to Rawan, Marie still looks the same, only with shorter hair. “I can see the same smile, the same kindness in her eyes and I still see the nanny who has lived with us for years under one roof,” she said. “This trip was not only an amazing gift, but was also a learning experience for me. I was able to learn about Filipino culture by experiencing the local cuisine, attire, language, different landscapes and most importantly, the area where she lives. I got to see how beautiful and close-knit her community is,” she added. Rawan and Marie pledge to continue communicating and reconnecting to make up for the years they were apart.
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