Enrich is our NGO partner located in Hong Kong. Their main goal is to address migrant domestic workers’ urgent needs in Hong Kong, where little support is available. They offer mentoring sessions and entrepreneurship workshops. They are Hong Kong’s leading educational organisation that promotes the economic empowerment of migrant workers.
We have conducted a detailed interview with them; check it out below:
– What kind of impact do you want to see?
Your support will fund vital workshops for 100 migrant domestic workers in Hong Kong, empowering them with life-changing financial and empowerment education. This is especially needed during the Covid-19 pandemic, which has caused a ripple effect of financial strain amongst the domestic worker community. Financial education will empower them and their families to come out of this global crisis with resilience and stability.
– What inspired you to start this project?
2020 has been an incredibly challenging year for Hong Kong’s migrant domestic workers. Like other vulnerable communities, they have been disproportionately affected by the Covid-19 crisis. As of February 2021, they continue to experience a variety of additional financial risks and mental health concerns as a result of economic uncertainty (due to employer job loss or relocation, lack of savings or emergency funds, increased debts), more significant expenses (emergency expenses, medical care, higher price for hygiene supplies) and increased pressure to send money back home to support a family affected by the crisis.
We believe that financial education has the power to pull our domestic workers through these hardships – but it is crucial to ensure that they have access to these life-changing tools to avoid future financial distress.
– What are the immediate struggles you are currently facing?
Despite the uncertainty, Enrich quickly adapted to the situation and focused on the community’s needs, running our workshops online and addressing emerging concerns, such as mental health.
We are now strengthening our efforts and expanding our services to better support the community. Your support will be vital for us and will directly go to our financial education programmes.
– What are the long-term goals you would like to see completed?
We would like to see migrant domestic workers feel empowered to achieve their dreams, with the skills and tools to escape debt, plan for their future and find greater financial stability.
– What is a message you would like to tell donors?
Thank you for supporting financial education. Every contribution enables us to reach as many of Hong Kong’s 380,000 migrant domestic workers as possible with a life-changing education.
– What are your thoughts on WeBeliev?
We are grateful to see individuals and companies organise fundraising campaigns to support education, especially during these challenging times. Thank you for your work!