Last April, a new shelter was opened by the Philippine Embassy in Kuwait for abused Filipino household service workers (HSWs). This three-storey building is located in Hateen, and this will serve as another home for our kabayans needing protection from abusive employers—in addition to the Filipino Workers Resource Centre (FWRC) in Faiha.
FWRC and this new shelter are where OFWs in grave abuse cases stay for debriefing from the trauma and distress that they got from the maltreatment by their previous employers. Here, they are protected and cared for while their cases are being processed.
This is really a good news for all OFWs in Kuwait as this means that our rights are being fought for by our government. I believe that this is another milestone in the campaign of the Philippine Embassy to improve the welfare and treatment of the HSWs in the state.
I know that there are still lots of OFWs out there who are experiencing bad treatment from their bosses. It is because of fear, especially because they think the government cannot really help them, that they just endure violence. Hopefully, this new facility will be an encouragement to them to come out.
Aside from the Philippine Embassy, we should also be grateful to the Office of the Undersecretary for Migrant Workers Affair (OUMWA) of the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) and the other institutions for supporting this project. And for all the OFWs in Kuwait who are fighting for justice for our kabayans, MABUHAY! This is what we call family in unity.