My Story of Self-worth
I was looking at my passport and plane ticket bound to Singapore, it was 12:30 in the morning on the 9th of July 2015.
I looked so composed but deep within me were barrage of mixed emotions.
FirstBorn Happy Memories
I stop at my university being unable to manage my tuition fee and other financial matters.
My father is having his first child to his second wife and sacrifice my studies as we have no enough money.
Our way of living back then is very hard compared to others.
I started a small business, selling some delicate foods in our village to earn some money to continue my studies.
My Little Sacrifice
March 2001 one Saturday afternoon I was seated next our window facing outside with corn field as my view. I saw the corns standing happily next to each other in a straight row. Sway their leaves as the wind blew, it caught my attention for a little while. Until I noticed someone picked up some string beans in our little vegetable garden in front of the cornfield.
Narrative Essay Writing Workshop
"On the 6th of December 2020, I was fortunate enough to participate in the narrative writing workshop organized by HKU. Although the workshop was conducted over Zoom it was a truly eye opening experience for me. This workshop gave domestic helpers a platform to express themselves and tell their stories through writing. The participants were asked to create a timeline for their life with two moments from childhood, teenage years, working life and one memory from the present. I was pleasantly surprised with the honesty that was shown by the participants throughout the entire workshop and the stories not only moved me but gave me a unique insight into the life and hardships of a domestic helper which I believe needs to be voiced more than it currently is. I was honored to be a part of this workshop and considered myself lucky that the participants were willing to share their life stories. Although a few tears were shed, it was a powerful workshop and is one I will not forget. This workshop is a step in the right direction, hearing the experiences of the domestic helper community was compelling and passionate. I believe more news companies should publish these stories because more people need to hear the meaningful writing in an attempt to understand more about the daily life of a domestic helper."
Suvir Sujanani, Volunteer
maybe include a brief overview of the workshop
Participatory Video Workshop
"I was quite overwhelmed by the atmosphere in the workshop, it was warm, very inviting and everybody were encouraged to share their ideas. I could also sense the bonding between the participants and three of you, Vivian, Julie and Merina are strong, from the conversation you had in the workshop, I realised that, for some participants, this was not their first time to learn making videos or joining the workshop, and Nadeenshani also expressed her feelings that she wanted to meet you all in the workshop again to make videos together. Great to see the long-term relationship the participants and you have built. That makes it even more memorable and meaningful.
And the videos made by the participants are so diverse in terms of the stories that they told. They were so generous to share their day-to-day life with us that in the videos we could easily sense their emotions, which are very intimate. I like all the videos, because each of the video is so uniquely representing their ideas, thoughts and emotions that they encounter in everyday life, and the technology also makes things a lot easier, anybody can just to take out her/his smartphone and shoot... it would be great if these videos can be exhibited/ screened to the general public, especially the locals, it would be very meaningful to let more people to watch these stories."
Jimmy Lo, Volunteer