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Welcome to “The person behind the maid” blog, where we share stories, dreams, needs and hopes of the silent workers of our homes. This blog is an initiative of the nonprofit Uplifters, a online education platform for migrant domestic workers.

 

Stories

What they say about it

Every time I read your posts, it bring tears to my eyes. It was my dream to write a blog about my situation as a migrant domestic worker, but I didn’t want anyone to recognize me. I hope employers and helpers will read these stories, especially the families of migrant domestic workers, even the whole world! D. – Filipina Domestic Worker, Hong Kong

This is really a huge help, especially for the helpers who do not know how to express themselves with their employers. Many are AFRAID to voice their concerns because their employers might send them back home. If that happens, not only they will suffer but also their families relying on them will. E. – Filipina Domestic Worker, Singapore. 

Thank you so much for putting my life story so neat and easy to read. My biggest wish is that all employers treat us better, respect us and understand that we have feelings. Of course we need to understand that we have to follow their rules as well. We really need our stories to be shared as we often choose to be quiet because we are worried to be sent back home. A. – Indonesian Domestic Worker, Singapore

About

This blog is an initiative from the nonprofit Uplifters, an online education platform for domestic workers.

Domestic workers are often very quiet, not saying much about themselves. By sharing their stories, needs and dreams, we want to bring light on the human being behind the “maid”. All the interviews are 100% authentic, coming from discussions or online questionnaires.

We edit the stories as lightly as possible to make them more readable. The interviewees have a final review of them and nothing is published without their approval. We do it for them, so they feel they are worth of attention.

We do it for their employers as well, so they can better understand them. We hope it will decrease the chances of miscommunication and dissatisfaction. We also want to encourage employers to support their domestic workers in saving and planning for their own future.

Our team working on the blog:

Marie, French.

Marie is the founder of the nonprofit Uplifters www.uplifters.community, an online education platform for domestic workers. She lived in Singapore for one year and is now living in Hong Kong.

 

 

Leeh Ann, Filipina.

Leeh Ann, who was an English teacher in the Philippines, is now working as a domestic worker in Hong Kong but her real passion is photography.

 

 

Caroline, Hong Kongese.

Caroline is a teacher and a musician.

 

 

 

Catherine, French.

Catherine is the founder of the Facebook Group FDW in Singapore (working conditions forum) which aims to discuss employment conditions, share information, exchange opinions and improve awareness. All participants are welcome, domestic workers, employers, agents, decision-makers, or just people of convictions.  Her husband is Singaporean himself and they currently live in Great Britain.

Ranita, Indian

Ranita used to work for a bank as a business analyst and is now setting up her own business. She is a baker and a writer and lives in Singapore.

Wall of Quotes

Dream big quote

Dream big quote

Dream big quote

Quote coming from the story a woman with a big heart

Quote coming from the story a woman with a big heart

Quote coming from the story a woman with a big heart

Quote coming from the story a woman with a big heart

Quote coming from the story a woman with a big heart

Quote coming from the story a woman with a big heart

Quote coming from the story a woman with a big heart

Quote coming from the story a hardworking and responsible person

Quote coming from the story a hardworking and responsible person

Quote coming from the story a hardworking and responsible person

Quote coming from the story a hardworking and responsible person

Quote coming from the story a hardworking and responsible person

Domestic worker quote

Domestic worker quote

Domestic worker quote

Migrant domestic worker quote

Migrant domestic worker quote

Migrant domestic worker quote

 

Migrant domestic worker quote

Migrant domestic worker quote

Migrant domestic worker quote

Migrant domestic worker quote

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