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CARITAS SEES GROWING NUMBER OF STRUGGLING MIGRANT WORKERS IN TOWN

Macau Daily Times, China, 29 December 2020 - Secretary-General of Caritas Macau Paul Pun has found it increasingly challenging to secure enough supplies for poverty-stricken migrant workers in Macau, as they have been constantly increasing in number.

On average, the number of non-resident workers who sought help at the local charity organization increased by around 100 per week in December. “The number has kept climbing, with no signs of abatement,” Pun told the Times yesterday.

During the Christmas period, Caritas Macau heightened its outreach efforts in order to throw a lifeline to this specific group — most of whom have been dismissed from their jobs and stranded in Macau as there are no flights available.

With the assistance of local schools, Pun organized two outreach events on December 20 and 27 at the institutions, each running for 8 hours a day. The foreign workers were given masks and essential food items such as rice, milk and eggs for adults, and formula for infants.

He also hosted a luncheon at a local Chinese restaurant for approximately 300 impoverished and jobless migrant workers on Boxing Day.

“We want more people in Macau to know about the hardship faced by these migrant workers during the pandemic and give a helping hand to these folks,” Pun stressed, calling on locals to donate food and cash to help them weather the storm.

Since September, Caritas Macau has been reaching out to the then blue card-holders who were let go by hotels, restaurants and other companies.

As of now, the non-government organization (NGO) has had upwards of 1,000 non-resident workers registered on its list, hailing from the Philippines, Vietnam, Indonesia, Nepal and Myanmar.

However, Pun disclosed that the NGO has maintained a low profile about its outreach activities for migrant workers, as, he explained, this might lead to misinterpretation by the public that the NGO favours migrant workers over locals.

For now, there has been almost no mention of such an endeavor on Caritas Macau’s website and social media account.

“We have entirely banked on word-of-mouth to disseminate the details of outreach activities amidst the migrant worker community,” he added.

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Source: https://macaudailytimes.com.mo/caritas-sees-growing-number-of-struggling-migrant-workers-in-town.html

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