Philipino migrant workers' shelter, Amman
|Name||Embassy of the Philippines to Jordan / support and shelter for distressed household workers|
|Aim||To help distressed and maltreated household workers with legal and medical assistance|
|People reached||over 160 household workers from a total of 28,000 employed in Jordan needed to seek refuge in the embassy shelter|
|Contact||Jeffrey P- Salik|
Third Secretary and Vice Consul
Embassy of the Philippines
In the Philippine shelter, established 2005, live more than 160 people from about 28,000 Filipino workers employed in Jordan. Many of them work under terrible conditions, are not allowed to take even the shortest break on a 16 hour working day, are abused mentally or physically. There are exceptional cases of suicide, unwanted pregnancies, and rape. Some people have to stay in the shelter for more than a year because they are legally forced to pay back the sum their employer has invested to bring them here, typically about 2000 USD.
The shelter provides basic care and legal assistance for those who were abused, forced to leave, or not even employed because of health issues, yet can't go back to the Philippines because of the financial claim mentioned above.
Charity Travel supported two women with their medical bills. We are hoping that the faith of the household workers will be noticed by enough people to take action on a larger scale.