Emergency Aid for Domestic Workers in South Africa

The complexities and challenges of COVID-19 have exacerbated the existing disproportionate injustices and racial disparities experienced by our society’s most vulnerable populations. As the pandemic ensues, hundreds of thousands of women who represent domestic workers, borne the brunt of emotional, physical, and economic violence. Placing these women at highest risk for being adversely impacted by the brutality of the virus.  Beholden to an uncertain future, many domestic workers are forced to beg for the survival of their families as they lose their livelihoods or worse –criminalized and beaten senselessly for working amid the lockdowns.

The untold stories of many women like Khabonina Mkhonza, Clemensi Macheka, and Sihle Tolo strongly emphasizes the urgency of this time and the unprecedented need to amplify their narratives and activate support for domestic workers.

In partnership with the United Domestic Workers of South Africa, we are fundraising to provide upwards of 100 Resiliency Grants to support domestic workers in need. The Resiliency Grants will uphold the basic human right to ensure access to food, water, shelter, and safety. Each grantee will receive an award of up to 15,000 rand.

The Process: How does it work?

All proceeds will go directly to affected domestic workers. The proceeds will be transferred from a US bank account (where GoFundMe deposits the money) to a South African bank account, and then directly to the bank accounts of the domestic workers.

How will the domestic workers be selected for Resiliency Grants?

Pink Mashiane, President and Founder of the United Domestic Workers of South Africa, has prepared and carefully vetted a list of women who need assistance. The money will be transferred directly to their bank accounts or e-wallet facilities. We are keeping and are prepared to share with our donor’s records of exactly how the money is spent and distributed.

To help get the word out, please share with your networks or on your social media platforms.

Please learn more about  the stories of Pinky  (https://racialequity.atlanticfellows.org/fellow/pinky-mashiane;  http://www.lrs.org.za/articles/Meet-the-Union-Leader-Comrade-Pinky-Mashiane-co-founder-of-United-Domestic-Workers-of-South-Africa); Mama Mkhonza (https://www.iol.co.za/news/south-africa/gauteng/r500-bail-for-springs-man-who-assaulted-familys-domestic-worker-28957a6e-43bb-47c4-904a-80d7f7fda94a ), Clemensi Macheka and Sihle Tolo (https://www.dailymaverick.co.za/article/2020-10-23-domestic-workers-who-lost-their-jobs-during-lockdown-forced-to-beg-on-the-streets-with-their-babies/).

Join us in supporting the United Domestic Workers of South Africa.

We thank you for your light and vital contributions in advance.


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