Community - Bethune House Migrant Women’s Refuge Limited
Lilibeth, 33 years old, a teacher from the Philippines, she was made to eat expired food, sleep on the floor without a mattress, and work from 6:30am until 1:00 am. Suffered from verbal abused, passport confiscated and salary delayed, Lilibeth terminated her employment contract of being worked as domestic helper here in Hong Kong.
Thanks for the support of Operation Santa Claus, Bethune House Migrant Women’s Refuge Limited provided Lilibeth with shelter and food and assisted in securing a travel document for her.
“While in the shelter, we assisted in lodging her claims in the Labor Department. She attended several life skills training like self-defense, handicraft-making, cooking lessons and as well as leisure and empowerment opportunities” says Edwina Antonio-Santoyo, Executive Director from Bethune House. “Lilibeth’s perseverance paid off. The employer paid 95% of her labor claims. She was grateful for our help”
“My only wish is that I could get a decent job in our home country so I won’t need to experience this kind of miserable situation again. Thank you Bethune House for all your help and advice.” Lilibeth added.