There are 237,000 foreign domestic workers in Singapore, a country of 5.5 million. Some of these women are living and working outside their home country for the first time; some are young and inexperienced; some feel isolated and lost in an unfamiliar culture and language.
In 2015, HOME (an organisation dedicated to the welfare of migrant workers in Singapore) surveyed 546 domestic workers from Indonesia, the Philippines and Myanmar, and found that more than one in five suffered psychological distress like depression and anxiety.
In order to help domestic workers in psychological distress, which is invisible to most, HOME wants to train 20 promising domestic workers as para-counsellors. These women will be the "first responders" in their communities and will be able to counsel domestic workers in distress or to encourage them to seek more professional help.
This training programme was given a short trial in 2016 to 40 women, who welcomed it enthusiastically. We estimate that trained para-counsellors will have a significant and beneficial knock-on effect in the community of domestic workers. For a start, the para-counsellors will be able to help the 10 women who seek refuge with HOME each week at our crisis centres.
It will only take a minute of your time to donate - but this humble effort will help to keep the women among us healthy and safe, in mind and body.
Will you join us?
Fund Utilization Breakdown
|Cost of professional psychologist trainer for 20 sessions of training (3 hours each)||$7,000|