During this Covid-19 pandemic, we have been cut off from usual modes of human interaction during the circuit breakers and lock downs around the world. The fear of being infected have also caused some of us to behave with more fear and caution, choosing to isolate ourselves and to become somewhat desensitised to the plight of those less fortunate than us. It is easy during this time to forget about compassion, charity and social impact, choosing only to focus on our own perceived safety and security.
As the biggest humanitarian crisis in our living memory, the pandemic not only affects people from all walks of life, it has also disproportionately affected low-wage migrant workers who often have little or no reserves to fall back on.
Migrant workers are finding themselves out of jobs as a result of Covid-19 and many have been subjected to sudden termination of employment and being owed unpaid wages. Those who live in smaller dormitories are even deprived of the basic necessities and supplies and have reached out to HOME to help them tide over this period of unemployment and unpaid wages.
The circuit breaker measures have also created problems for domestic workers and many are facing issues such as increased workloads, salary issues, termination, uncertainty about their rest day compensation and denial of access to healthcare and medical aid.
Such situations not only create survival issues for these migrant workers, they also erode their dignity and hope. Women of Passion hopes to be able to help HOME gift them back their dignity through support for HOME’s efforts.
HOME provides migrant workers with immediate financial assistance, case management support to help workers get their rightful salaries and link them up with pro-bono lawyers as needed, to help them make a claim when their rights are violated. HOME also runs a shelter for domestic workers in distress. This is specialized work and few organisations are equipped to carry out such work. This is especially important not just during the pandemic but also in the aftermath when more people will be in need of help.
Humanitarian Organization for Migration Economics [“H.O.M.E.”] is a Singapore-based charity founded in 2004. HOME is dedicated to empowering and supporting migrant workers who find themselves victims of human rights violations and suffer abuse and exploitation.
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