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LAUNCH: "Our Homes, Our Stories," ed. Karien Van Ditzhuijzen

  • BooksActually 9 Yong Siak Street Singapore, 168645 Singapore (map)

They share our lives and homes, but have you ever wondered what life is like for a migrant domestic worker in Singapore?

Our Homes, Our Stories offers a look through their eyes as they share real-life stories, from childhoods in mountain villages to rogue agents and difficult employers, and that one thing they all suffer from the most: homesickness, and the pain of leaving their families behind - in Indonesia, the Philippines, Myanmar and India. 

The women write frankly about sacrifice, broken trust, abuse, exploitation, lack of food, and salary deductions. But there are also tales to lift the heart, of supportive employers, the love they have for the families they take care of, and how they use their time in Singapore to realise their dreams for the future. 

Karien has been part of HOME since 2013, where she helped with many things, from managing the volunteers, the women's shelter, to setting up the befriending program for the women staying there. She founded and coordinates the HOME MyVoice blog, and runs creative writing and empowerment classes at the HOME Shelter. Apart from her work at HOME, Karien is a freelance writer for other (online) publications and a novelist.

VENUE: BooksActually
ADDRESS: 9 Yong Siak Street, Singapore 168645

8 Apr 2018, 2pm–4pm