Our Homes, Our Stories
About Campaignends 16 Feb 2018, 11:59 PM
We are excited to announce the making of a new HOME publication! We are working hard writing, editing and designing our book, but in order to get it to the printer, we need funds.
Our Homes, Our Stories. Sketches by migrant domestic workers in Singapore.
Domestic workers can be seen everywhere in the Singapore streetscape, in our parks, our shopping centres, and most importantly, inside our houses. Although these women form an integral part of our society, their voices are not often heard in Singapore literature. This book is an anthology of non-fiction stories written by migrant domestic workers in Singapore, and gives them a voice and a face. The book aims to create awareness of the issues domestic workers face, both in Singapore and in their home countries, as well as raise funds for HOME.
All writers are either part of the HOME network of domestic worker volunteers, or residents of HOME shelter for run away domestic workers. They come from different backgrounds and countries, and cover a variety of subjects relating to the lives of migrant domestic workers; positive as well as negative experiences. Their stories are compelling, insightful, and at times horrifying. They are important and need to be read.
You can pre-order a hardcopy by donating to our campaign here. The ebook will be available for ordering at online retailers after March 2018, Check our MyVoice blog for more information: (www.myvoiceathome.org)
HOME (Humanitarian Organisation for Migration Economics) is a charitable organisation with Institution of Public Character status. Since 2004, we have been dedicated to improving the welfare and upholding the rights of migrant workers in Singapore. Migrant workers play a vital role in contributing to Singapore. They take on low-waged jobs as domestic workers or in the construction, marine, manufacturing, service and conservancy sectors. Their work is often dangerous and precarious. We assist migrant workers who suffer abuse and exploitation. Unpaid salaries, excessive working hours, work injuries, physical and psychological abuse are some of the common problems these workers face. Some of them may also be victims of human trafficking. We run a shelter for domestic workers, helpdesks for domestic workers and male migrant workers. We also offer legal assistance, health education and vocational training to the workers. In 2015 alone, over 2,000 migrant workers received assistance from us. And about 2,000 domestic workers have sat through our skills training courses. HOME works with government agencies, civic groups, corporations and other community partners to realise our vision in creating an inclusive society that stands for justice, fairness and equality.
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