On March 12th 2017, Enrich held its second graduation ceremony at the University of Hong Kong, with the theme “Empowered to Achieve”. 160 Filipino and Indonesian migrant domestic workers graduated from Enrich’s financial and empowerment education programmes. This year’s number of graduates is triple the number of graduates from the 2016 graduation ceremony.
The graduation was opened by Professor Maggy Lee from the University of Hong Kong, and the keynote speech was delivered by Eni Lestari from the International Migrants Alliance. She spoke of the role of Enrich in transforming migrants’ hurdles into achieving their goals to a progressive future. As a migrant worker she said that “we need to plan our goals based on our capacity’’ and that the family left behind should learn how to manage the migrant remittances.
Speeches were also given by the Consulate General from the Philippines, Hon Bernardita Catalla, Hon. Jalilo dela Torre, Labor Attache from the Philippine Overseas Labor, Mr Erwin Akbar, Consul for Economics Affairs from the Indonesian Consulate and Iroh Baroroh, Labour Attache from the Indonesian Consulate. Bernadita Catalla spoke of the need to be frugal and to “be willing to focus to train your sights for the future”, she advised.
Two graduates spoke of how completing Enrich’s workshops had enabled them to manage their money, set up their businesses and were empowered to reach goals they had previously thought were unattainable. One of the Filipino graduates, Liezl Mercado, recalled how her struggles did not dampen her enthusiasm to learn, in fact it made her even stronger to pursue her goals. Mercado said attending the free Lunch and Learn investment seminars of Enrich taught her how to put into plan action the knowledge through the guide of her prepared business plan. Other attendees included Board members from Enrich and employers.
Lenlen Mesina the Director of Enrich said to the graduates to create a timeline of their stay in Hong Kong. “Knowing that we are not staying here forever, we should follow our goals in our time line,” Mesina said. It is important also to be on the same page with your family when you plan, do not plan alone, Mesina reiterated.
Thank you to all who joined our special celebration. A special thank you to Professor Maggy Lee and the University of Hong Kong for hosting us. Thank you to LUSH and the Italian Women’s Association who provided gradiation goodies. And of course thank you to all our supporters and partners who make the delivery of our work to empower possible.
Congratulations graduates! We are so excited for all the things you will achieve!
By Lucinda Pike, Senior Programmes Manager, Enrich
Join us for our Empowerment Hike on April 9th to support Enrich to reach the next 10,000 migrant domestic workers through our workshops and outreach initiatives.