The Phil-Kong Project Is Bringing A Slice Of Home To Domestic Helpers With Free Lunchboxes
In normal times, Hong Kong's foreign domestic workers are no stranger to living with hardships—by nature of low wages, racial discrimination, the challenges of working in a foreign country, and the lack of occupational protections that the government affords them—yet the past year of virus-induced travel bans and quarantining has only exacerbated the difficulties they face, with many having to choose between staying in Hong Kong to earn a living, or flying back home to see their families.
The Phil-Kong Project, a community organisation founded last year to bridge individuals in Hong Kong and the Philippines, is looking to bring them some familiar comfort in the shape of the 'Love For All, All For Love' fundraiser. In collaboration with five small local businesses, Phil-Kong's goal is to raise HK$5,000 to create and distribute care packages to bring a slice of home to Filipino domestic workers living and working in Hong Kong.
Among the collaborators is The FAT Kusina, a purveyor of ready-to-cook and ready-to-eat Filipino meals such as skinless longganisa (a staple in any Filipino breakfast), chicken inasal, kare-kare, bicol express and kalereta. They are matching every purchase of their home-cooked lunchboxes with a lunchbox given to a domestic worker, while 20 per cent of the total sales during the fundraising period will also be donated to those in need.
Other collaborators include Black Market Bakery, Pinginerds, Fugly Jewels and Blixx Jewels, all of whom will also be matching purchases in one-for-one fashion with items for the care packages. The 'Love For All, All For Love' fundraiser will run until March 27, after which volunteers will assemble the care packages and distribute them to the local Filipino domestic worker community. To find out more or to donate, message The Phil-Kong Project via their Instagram page.