Netizens join hands to help Foreign Domestic Workers

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Help poured to Foreign Domestic Workers in Hong Kong as they encounter fines and struggles as the city battles with the fifth wave of the coronavirus.

Last Sunday, 17 Foreign Domestic workers were reprimanded with a HK$ 5,000 fine each, which is greater than the average amount of FDWs monthly salary, in violation of the two-people limit in public, an amended social distancing ordinance to curb the spread of the virus.

An online fundraising campaign was launched last Feb. 17, to help the Foreign Domestic Workers with the fines.

“With your help and donations, we can relieve those who are regarded as the backbone of our society, from the heavy financial burden they now face.” Wrote a description of the campaign. “We do not condone or encourage breaking the law. All fines will be thoroughly vetted before they are paid.”

As of writing, the fundraising has HK$106, 262 from the target HK$ 85,000.

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Yesterday, Chief Executive Carrie Lam said in her press briefing that they will not show mercy anymore when they see more than two people gathering and will issue a ticket that costs HK$10,000. She also reminded employers to ask FDWs to stay at home as they were worried about what they saw last week.

A non-profit organization also started a crowdfunding campaign to raise funds to continue providing emergency support to migrant domestic workers left vulnerable to the Covid-19 crisis.

As of writing, they have raised HK$ 892,687 of the HK$ 300,000 target.

In a description from the campaign, the funds raised will be used to support the FDWs including meeting legal, mental health, and basic needs, as well as providing much-needed assistance along with their community partners.