Domestic workers from the Philippines, Indonesia, Sri Lanka and Myanmar performing for residents of the Sree Narayana Mission Home for the Aged Sick.
Some 50 foreign domestic workers sang, danced and distributed snacks to residents of the Sree Narayana Mission Home for the Aged Sick in an effort to bring them Christmas cheer.
The archdiocesan migrants’ commission organised the outreach project on Nov 27, which saw the workers performing carols and distributing gift packets containing sweets, biscuits, towels and drinks.
On the way to the home, the domestic workers – from the Philippines, Indonesia, Sri Lanka and Myanmar – also passed a hat around in the bus to raise funds for the home’s building fund.
“It was heartbreaking for us to see the old people far from their family and left under the care of caregivers at the old folks’ home,” said Ms Emelia Eglarinda. “I hope that in one way or another we have given them a little bit of joy in sharing our talents with them.”
Most members of the group are participants of the Caregiver Course run by the Archdiocesan Commission for the Pastoral Care of Migrants & Itinerant People (ACMI).
To further enhance their skills, ACMI collaborates with homes like the Sree Narayana Mission Home for the Aged Sick, named after a Hindu saint, to provide these students additional hands-on training.
To further engage the students and volunteers, ACMI earlier this year encouraged them to organise a community outreach to the residents they are already serving.
Within two months, a choir was formed and their dance movements choreographed by fellow domestic workers.