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Domestic Workers Solidarity Fund

Domestic Workers Solidarity Fund

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The COVID-19 pandemic and lockdown in South Africa has had a devastating impact on domestic workers across South Africa.

There are over one million domestic workers in South Africa. Almost all of them are working in precarious conditions, underpaid, with little to no job security. Excluded from the country’s national minimum wage and other labour protections, they are living under the poverty line, yet they are breadwinners for hundreds of thousands of families across the region.

These dynamic and resilient women have been caring for our homes and families for decades. Now it’s our turn to give back!

Most domestic workers have now been on unpaid leave for over a month due to the Covid-19 lockdown, putting hundreds of thousands of families at risk of serious hunger. The majority do not have contracts, payslips, or UIF registration, despite decades of employment. This informality gives employers power to exploit them, and also leaves them unable to access the Covid-19 government wage relief.

Izwi has been flooded with requests for assistance from women who are in danger of eviction or don’t know where their children’s next meal will come from.

Can you help?

Donate: 100% of all financial contributions will be passed on directly to women in need as food vouchers, or in select cases cash, support. (We are generally giving R500 ($27) food vouchers, which can feed a small family for two weeks).

One-to-One Direct Giving: If you prefer to give directly to an individual rather than an organisation, contact us at [email protected] | 0792779006 and we will link you up with someone in need. 

Share:  Share and follow our Facebook page. Tag us: @IzwiDomesticWorkers.

Our alliance of domestic workers is organised through decentralised neighbourhood groups with elected representatives, internal accountability, and deep, accurate community data. We are using those networks to identify and verify recipients, so that the support is going to those most in need.

Izwi is registered in South Africa as a Non-Profit Company (2013/105408/08).

We would appreciate any support you can give.

 

 

 

Donations

  • Jul 29, 2020 - R 1 000.00
  • "Thank you for everything you do." - Anonymous

  • Jun 29, 2020 - R 1 000.00
  • "Thank you for everything you do." - Anonymous

  • Jun 13, 2020 - USD $ 100.00
  • "Keep up this great work!!" - Anonymous

  • Jun 01, 2020 - USD $ 50.00
  • "Proud to support you" - Anonymous

  • May 31, 2020 - R 4 200.00
  • "Stay healthy!!!" - Holly Tucker

  • May 29, 2020 - R 1 000.00
  • "Thank you for everything you do." - Anonymous

  • May 16, 2020 - R 1 575.00
  • "I hope this little bit helps." - Emma Rycroft

  • May 13, 2020 - USD $ 120.00
  • "Great work Amy!!" - Mia

  • May 08, 2020 - R 105.00
  • "$100.00" - Linda Langwprthy

  • May 06, 2020 - USD $ 50.57
  • "We must reach out to feed the hungry. Thank you, Amy and ISWI. Judy Hardin" - Judy E. Hardin

  • May 06, 2020 - USD $ 101.13
  • "Amy, I am so glad to be able to have a small part in this worthy project. God Bless! Alice" - Alice Larson Fitzwilliam

  • May 06, 2020 - USD $ 98.49
  • "Thankful for the needs that are being met!" - Sandra

  • May 06, 2020 - USD $ 100.00
  • "Thankful for the needs that are being met!" - Sandra

  • May 05, 2020 - R 3 150.00
  • "Thabks for all your work " - Tim

  • May 05, 2020 - USD $ 50.00
  • "What a wonderful organization!!" - Anonymous

  • May 04, 2020 - R 512.00
  • "

    Keep up the good work

    " - Mulondo

  • Apr 30, 2020 - USD $ 285.00
  • "Thank you for important work." - Anonymous

  • Apr 30, 2020 - R 210.00
  • "Thank you so much Izwi particularly for supporting foreign domestic workers who cannot access any Government support at this time" - Caroline Rheeder

  • Apr 30, 2020 - USD $ 54.25
  • "Sending love & strength to the powerhouse women back home South Africa who keep the country going, often at the expense of their own families. Keep going mothers & sisters! " - Gia Thom

  • Apr 30, 2020 - USD $ 350.00
  • "Excellent work, Izwi! " - Darren and Ashley

  • Apr 29, 2020 - R 525.00
  • "Thank you!" - Anonymous

  • Apr 29, 2020 - USD $ 26.80
  • "." - Chloe Dugger

  • Apr 29, 2020 - R 210.00
  • "Sending love to domestic workers" - Anonymous

  • Apr 29, 2020 - R 1 000.00
  • "Keep up the good work with migrant workers" - Tine

  • Apr 29, 2020 - USD $ 2 000.00
  • "God bless all of humanity " - Anonymous

  • Apr 29, 2020 - R 1 000.00
  • "Thank you for everything you do." - Anonymous

  • Apr 29, 2020 - R 2 012.00
  • "

    welldone everyone

    " - claire

  • Apr 28, 2020 - USD $ 500.00
  • "Love you IZWI and all that you are doing right now during this extraordinary time, thank you! " - Russell, Christy, Alex & Emma Johnson

  • Apr 28, 2020 - R 1 050.00
  • "Thank you for supporting these women and raising awareness of their plight." - Amanda

  • Apr 28, 2020 - USD $ 9.92
  • "Continue to do great work feeding our community!" - Anne Crylen

  • Apr 28, 2020 - R 1 050.00
  • "Amazing organisation, run by amazing people, helping amazing, wonderful South African workers. Thank you all. " - Chantal

  • Apr 28, 2020 - R 1 000.00
  • "Thank you for everything you do." - Anonymous

  • Apr 28, 2020 - USD $ 500.00
  • "Praying for our sisters in SA" - Ann P

  • Apr 27, 2020 - USD $ 495.40
  • "So pleased to give toward this worthy cause! Love you, Amy and Kess!" - Bonnie & Allie Larson

  • Apr 27, 2020 - USD $ 150.00
  • "Many prayers for these dear people!" - Sandra

  • Apr 27, 2020 - USD $ 470.63
  • "May God bless this wonderful effort." - Anonymous

  • Apr 27, 2020 - USD $ 100.00
  • "Praying for you from North Carolina" - Anonymous

  • Apr 24, 2020 - R 210.00
  • "Keep it up Izwi" - Anonymous

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Donations to date

R 120 940.36

Fundraising target

R 150 000.00
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Izwi Domestic Workers Alliance

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Izwi is an alliance of domestic workers in the Johannesburg area. We educate workers in labour rights, facilitate case support for those who are mistreated, and use media and art to shift cultural biases. We work through an advice office, 11 neighbourhood groups, and active whats app platforms. Employed in isolation behind closed doors of private homes, domestic workers face widespread exploitation, forced to make a living off poverty wages and often marginalised by society.

Over the last two years, with only one employee and a lot of volunteers, we have built up a strong network of women who support and educate each other, and have helped hundreds of domestic workers resolve labour disputes, resulting in substantial financial payouts and better working conditions.