There are many different migrant workers here in Hong Kong. One project that we are mentioning on this page has to do with domestic workers from the Philippines. We are also developing outreach projects to many different workers and business people throughout Hong Kong. The below article is just one of our ministries. It is an important ministry but there are many peoples here in Hong Kong that need our prayers and encouragement. They need salvation in Jesus Christ. Continue to pray with us in these matters!
Jesus Loves Filipinas!
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There are on average around 140,000 Filipinos in Hong Kong
, of whom most are domestic helpers
(30,000 of them being members of the Filipino Migrant Workers Union
). Filipino maids are known by the locals as amahs
, or more often feiyungs
and the slangs bun muis
or bun buns
. A Hong Kong work visa requires some amount of higher education; and in some cases Filipino women with college degrees and perfect command of English are willing to work as maids and nannies for the higher salary they will receive in Hong Kong than they could make at home.
On Sundays, one can usually encounter a large number of Filipino maids gathered at various spots in Central, including the ground floor of the HSBC Hong Kong headquarters building. Many maids in Hong Kong have Sunday as their fixed once-a-week working day off, during which they socialize, eat self-prepared food, sing, and even sell various items. This is such a long-standing practice that the "No littering"-signs in the vicinity are written in three languages: Chinese, English and Tagalog.
Sanitation is generally good in Hong Kong, and the associated health risk for most Filipino domestic helpers working in the territory is generally minimal. The most usual adverse conditions they encounter (which may be detrimental to their health - physical or psychological) include lack of sleep/rest (and potentially insomnia), loneliness or anxiety, and the small space in which they live (most Hong Kong families live in small apartments, and they often house their domestic helpers in even smaller rooms, sometimes no larger than the size of a closet). A number also have to wait until the rest of the family has retired and then sleep on a mat or the sofa.