We all know how invaluable our domestic helpers are. Whether you are a working professional, a mom, or superhumanly juggle the two, a home helper makes our lives easier and less stressful. Your helper can take all sorts of finance short courses and classes to effectively manage your home budget allowance, make sound decisions with her own money, and help her plan for the future.
Interestingly, migrant workers make up 10 percent of Hong Kong’s workforce. When seeking employment in Hong Kong, they are often charged HK$15,000 in fees. Their minimum wage salaries tend to be just shy of HK$5,000 per month, meaning they pay three months of their salaries to clear their loans, some to high-interest loan sharks. Many domestic helpers come to Hong Kong to support their own families in their home countries such as the Philippines or Indonesia. On average, domestic helpers will send 60 percent of their monthly income back to their families. Almost 75 percent of employees often take out loans without knowing how to repay them or borrow to help their families with money for typhoon damage and medical expenses.
Enrich runs interactive workshops and activities at weekends and public holidays in the native languages of the helpers, which includes Tagalog and Bahasa Indonesia. The interactive workshops provide life-changing solutions and equip your helpers with the skills, knowledge, and confidence to escape miserable debt and plan for their future. The volunteers create a safe and trusted learning environment for these vulnerable people who might otherwise work for decades with very little or nothing to show for it. You can sponsor your helper through the Enrich sponsorship program to ensure that she receives the necessary advice to keep her safe and in control of her finances. Various sponsorship packages are available, from an introductory counseling appointment to the full Enrich program, which comprises five financial, empowerment educational workshops and support.
Christian Action has two service centers in Hong Kong for domestic workers. They offer various educational workshops, training, and interest classes. Christian Action has been providing support across the city for almost three decades. They partner with various organizations so that workers understand healthcare, social welfare, finances and also help the public understand the challenges that they may face. Your domestic helpers are encouraged to be sociable within their own peer groups so that they can provide empathetic support for each other. Other courses include Employees Retraining Board (ERB), in-house training, self-enhancement courses, and vocational skills training programs to better their future.
Uplifters is a non-profit organization that helps domestic workers break the cycle of poverty and build better lives for themselves and their families in their home countries. The organization affords online education and community support to individuals. It helps build a better life and vocational skills to have a beneficial relationship with their local employers. Despite sometimes working overseas for many years, domestic workers can remain in poverty; Uplifters wants to ensure that the worker's sacrifices working abroad are worth it. Uplifters is a caring community-based organization where students can discuss courses with volunteer alumni domestic workers who have also been through the programs. They work with The Philippine Consulate General in Hong Kong and other domestic worker NGOs. This unique platform shows participants what can be achieved, which naturally transforms them into action and success.
A team of University of Hong Kong educators and determined domestic workers joined forces to found Empower U with a common goal to provide migrant workers with the necessary tools to take control of their economic future. Their mission was to provide high-quality weekend education to afford domestic and marginalized workers a better future. They combined technology, community, and award-winning educators to create a unique impact-based program that empowers individuals to lead communities into a better future. Empower U strives to promote a cross-cultural understanding, empower students within their networks, and give them the necessary skills to aim for a prosperous and secure future. The curriculum is rooted in real-life situations to provide practical skills and knowledge.