31 December 2022, Singapore – Aidha, a non-profit organization that helps empower migrant domestic workers (MDWs) and other low-income women in Singapore to achieve economic independence, paid a courtesy call on Charge d’Affaires Emmanuel R. Fernandez on 01 December 2022, to introduce the organization and share the programs and courses that can benefit Filipino MDWs.
The call was in line with Aidha’s observance of International Migrants Day, held every 18th of December, through its appreciation and recognition of the special contributions of MDWs, both in Singapore and in their home countries. MDWs look after the homes and loved ones of Singaporean and non-Singaporean families, and in doing so, support their own families back home through remittances and other means.
During the call, CDA Fernandez expressed appreciation to Aidha for the courses and programs they offer and hoped more MDWs, especially Filipinos, will benefit from the education and guidance that Aidha provides on managing their finances.
With its aim to educate MDWs on financial literacy, Aidha’s programs include the recent conduct of a free workshop on understanding debt and promoting awareness of how to manage and avoid it, as well as a year-end fundraising campaign entitled “Gift of Education 2022” to cover the cost of scholarships for their programs.
With an estimated population of 200,000 Filipinos living and working in Singapore, the Philippine Embassy welcomes the initiative that can benefit Filipinos employed as household service workers, which accounts fo almost 42% of Filipino workers in the country.
More information on Aidha’s advocacies and initiatives can be found on its website at https://www.aidha.org – END