Migrant domestic helpers are a blessing to our households, from helping with our kids to cooking and so much more. There are around 246,000 migrant domestic workers in Singapore, which means about 1 in 5 Singapore households employ a maid.
Many domestic helpers come to Singapore 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.
So why not help empower your domestic helper with financial literacy so they can focus on taking care of your house and kids and not be distracted by financial worries. Check our top classes and resources to help domestic helpers receive financial education.
AIDHA's mission is to empower and offer opportunities for foreign domestic workers and lower-income women to transform their lives through financial education. Their education programs are designed to teach domestic helpers how to save, invest and plan for their futures. They offer classes in computer literacy, tech and money management, starting your own business, and more! All classes are held on Sundays for periods of 3 to 9 months.
Aidha, 748A North Bridge Road, Singapore 198716, https://www.aidha.org/
This non-profit organization aims to 'uplift lives with online education and community support.' Uplifters provide foreign domestic workers with online classes with the flexibility to complete their modules with ease. Students can join online class chats to discuss the lessons with their peers. They are currently offering two programs. Money Management is a FREE online 6-month course consisting of two modules. The other course is Baby Care, which is also made up of two modules and costs US$150 for Module 1 and Module 2 bought together, or US$100 for each bought separately.
International Management School's goal is to offer affordable business management and vocational skills courses. They have a wide range of courses, such as Business Management, Care Giving, Civil Engineering, Pastry and Culinary, Call Centre Management and more! A group of highly qualified lecturers works at the International Management School, ensuring that the students get the very best and the classroom setup is cozy and perfect for learning.
International Management School, Jalan Besar Plaza, 101 Kitchener Road, #03-39, Singapore 208511, https://www.ims.edu.sg/
Humanitarian Organization for Migration Economics (HOME) is a Singapore-based charity established in 2004. The HOME Academy provides a wide range of classes, such as English, Mandarin, computer skills, cooking, dressmaking, and financial education. Its objective is to offer economic empowerment and entrepreneurship, helping domestic helpers towards a brighter and better future!
HOME, register at 495 Geylang Road, #02-01, Singapore 389453, https://www.home.org.sg/
More educational classes for domestic helpers in Singapore:
aquaDucks - Swimming lessons for domestic helpers for personal safety, how to supervise children in and around water and emergency procedures.
FAST - Classes in infant care, English, cooking, stress management and more.
Mother & Child - Offers a First Aid for Helpers class.
Mujahidah Learning Centre - Classes in sewing, cooking, computer literacy, and more.
ParentLink - 4-hour first aid course for domestic helpers.
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