A pioneering Hong Kong charity promoting the economic empowerment of migrants says domestic workers in the city will take some time to get back on their feet because of the after-effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. Since the start of the pandemic, domestic workers have faced a huge amount of pressure given their additional workload and long working hours to maintain cleanliness and hygiene at home. Many workers have also reported restrictions on their days off.
And while COVID-19 is something that everyone is worrying about, Enrich HK Executive Director Lucinda Pike says domestic workers have the additional pressure of worrying about family members back home who have been equally impacted by stringent measures there. The current setting has also driven Enrich HK to extend their support for domestic workers online, as well as establishing a fundraising campaign that invites the public to hand it forward.
Find out how the charity, which recently celebrated its 13th birthday and was founded by DB resident Myriam Bartu, itself is adjusting to the life-changing demands of the global pandemic.
Editor’s note: Catch Enrich HK’s regular column entitled “Help Line” on Around DB beginning August 2020 for financial advice for migrant domestic workers and employers.