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Operation Santa Claus: Hong Kong charity supporting exploited migrant workers dreams that one day it will not be needed

South China Morning Post, China, 15 November 2022 - Many organisations aspire to long-term growth, but a charity offering support and shelter to exploited female migrant workers in Hong Kong has a vision of a different kind.

“I dream that one day we can close down,” said Edwina Antonio-Santoyo, executive director of the Bethune House Migrant Women’s Refuge.

“That would be when the conditions for migrant workers in Hong Kong have improved so much that they don’t need a shelter like us any more,” she explained.

But for now, the organisation has its work cut out to meet the growing demand for its services amid the Covid-19 pandemic.

Established in 1986, Bethune House provides abused, exploited or otherwise distressed foreign domestic helpers with emergency accommodation, food, legal and medical support, counselling and other forms of assistance.
It runs two shelters offering a total of about 30 beds. It also arranges to house distressed foreign domestic helpers, whom it is unable to accommodate because of space constraints, in dormitories or shelters run by other organisations.
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Source: https://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/society/article/3199534/operation-santa-claus-hong-kong-charity-supporting-exploited-migrant-workers-dreams-one-day-it-will

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