Hong Kong, Peace promotion

Social justice for migrants and industrial workers

Number: 222.1005

The 18 beds in the emergency accommodation centre for foreign domestic workers in Hong Kong are never empty. There are always women who have been put out on the streets by their employers or subjected to physical and sexual abuse. They need protection and help. Christian Action, an NGO, offers them a safe place as well as legal, psychological and medical support.

In the project's second work area, the Christian Industrial Committee (CIC) provides care and support for Chinese migrant workers suffering from occupational diseases. Inadequate protective precautions in Chinese factories often lead to fatal diseases such as silicosis and benzene poisoning. Victims have virtually no chance of finding new employment. Mission 21's new sub-project helps them to find alternative sources of income so they can lead lives in dignity.

Activities

Together with the TTM, CA maintains a support and advisory service for foreign domestic employees in Hong Kong:

  • Emergency reception centre for domestic employees

  • Legal and social advice, help with labour court hearings

  • Multi-level computer, Cantonese and English courses

  • Workshops on career-related topics

  • Psychological and healthcare support

  • Support with repatriation

 

Since 2014, CIC has provided support for Chinese migrant workers in the southern Chinese province of Guangdong:

  • Training for self-employment

  • Interest-free loans and advice following the workshop

  • Self-help network for victims of occupational diseases

  • Advice for patients in hospitals (in Shenzhen)

  • Support for children of parents affected by diseases, in the form of scholarships