HELP for Domestic Workers: COVID-19 Response

HELP for Domestic Workers: COVID-19 Response

From Lomario Marchman

For over 30 years, HELP for Domestic Workers (HELP) has provided free advice, assistance, and education to domestic workers and their employers in order to help them understand their rights and ensure fair treatment

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For over 30 years, HELP for Domestic Workers (HELP) has provided free advice, assistance, and education to domestic workers and their employers in order to help them understand their rights and ensure fair treatment. In these most challenging of times, we need your help more than ever to continue providing case management services to domestic workers in need of advice, as well as necessities such as food and basic accommodation for those who have no other means of assistance.

As the COVID-19 crisis continues, Hong Kong’s domestic workers continue to support us each and every day. While the pandemic has affected everyone, our domestic workers have been disproportionately impacted in ways that threaten their ability to live day-to-day.

Domestic workers who cannot pay for accommodation are forced either to sleep outside or rely on the charity of friends and acquaintances, leaving them vulnerable to abuse and exploitation

Here is how your donation can make a difference:

$100 – Accommodation and food for one day.

Due to the current travel restrictions, many domestic workers who have lost their jobs are stranded in Hong Kong. As a result, shelters run by non-profit organisations are overwhelmed and unable to accommodate any more domestic workers. Therefore, domestic workers, who are themselves unemployed, are forced to stay in paid accommodation. Domestic workers who cannot pay for accommodation are forced either to sleep outside or rely on the charity of friends and acquaintances, leaving them vulnerable to abuse and exploitation.

$230 – One Extension of Permission to remain in Hong Kong

Due to the current travel restrictions, many domestic workers who have lost their jobs are unable to return to their home countries for weeks or months. While domestic workers are only permitted to remain in Hong Kong for 14 days after the premature termination of their employment, each visa extension after this requires them to pay the $230 visa extension fee. Many domestic workers require multiple extensions.

$500 – One consultation with our Case Management team

HELP’s Case Managers provide one-on-one assistance to domestic workers, supporting them every step of the way. Serving over 60 new clients every month, and steadily increasing due to the COVID-19 crisis, our team advises clients on a range of issues such as assisting them to extend their permission to remain in Hong Kong, facilitating negotiations with employers/employment agencies on issues arising out of the employment relationship, and supporting workers who have been victims of abuse and/or assault.

$1000 – Support a Domestic Worker for one month

Domestic workers in the most vulnerable circumstances can require longer-term support with basic necessities while they search for a new job to support themselves, await the result of legal cases, or try to make their way back to their home countries. HELP provides the opportunity for these individuals to escape from abusive or exploitative situations without them ending up on the streets.

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