“Apart from being a responsible mother, I also wish to continue to fight for the rights and welfare of migrant workers.”
“I am a single mother with two children. To support them financially, in 2005, I decided to go to Singapore to work as a domestic helper. Being in Singapore for more than 10 years, I have worked with different employers, some were nice, and some were not. My current employer is nice and very understanding. My daily tasks include preparing the kids for school, cleaning, cooking, washing and ironing clothes. I have a lot of freedom to manage my own schedule. Even though my pay is above standard, I am still having difficulties with saving money.
Most of the time, my needs and my children’s needs cost more than my savings. Besides being a domestic helper, I am also volunteering at the Humanitarian Organization for Migration Economics (HOME). HOME is a charity dedicated to assist foreign workers in Singapore. Every Sunday, I usually spend my time in the HOME office. I am in the helpdesk team, in charge of listening and understanding the issues that the migrant workers face. I can advice them about their rights and options and also assist them to seek recourses and help if needed. Sometimes, I also attend forum and discussions about migrant workers related issues.
By doing all the voluntary work, I realize that I can contribute and help people even though I do not have a very high education. Apart from being a responsible mother, I also wish to continue to fight for the rights and welfare of migrant workers.”
Novia, 40, Lumajang