Migrant Workers Campaign: Their Home is My Prison – LeMSIC Lebanon
Name of the activity: Migrant Workers Campaign: Their Home is My Prison
Country/NMO: LeMSIC Lebanon
Program: Emergency, Disaster Risk & Humanitarian Action
Contact information: contact [email protected] to get in touch with the Activity Coordinator
Type of the activity: First-time Activity
Focus area: Disaster resilience (including prevention, preparedness and response), Populations in emergency, disaster and post-disaster settings
Sustainable Development Goals addressed: SDG 3 (Good Health and Well-Being), SDG 8 (Decent Work and Economic Growth), SDG 10 (Reduced Inequalities), SDG 16 (Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions)
Lebanon is home to over 250,000 migrant domestic workers. These workers are excluded from the Lebanese Labor laws and governed instead by the kafala (sponsorship) system. This system allows the exploitation of migrant workers who face severe consistent forms of abuse, including severe restrictions on movement, and verbal and physical abuse. LeMSIC launched its Migrant Workers Campaign to support migrant workers and raise awareness on the exploitative nature of the kafala system
- General population
- Medical students
Before the end of April:
Deliver at least 2 sessions to at least 35 medical students in each session on the rights of migrant workers.
Launch at least one donation drive to support at least 20 protesting migrant workers.
Provide adequate medications for at least 12 protesting migrants with access to adequate healthcare services and referrals
Collaborate with at least one organization to vaccinate at least 500 migrant domestic workers and other migrants.
Publish at least one booklet of migrant workers testaments and share with at least one NGO dealing with migrant workers.
Draft at least one national policy document on rights of migrant workers in Lebanon.
Indicators of Success:
At least 35 medical students attend each session
At least 85% of students attend the entire session
Posts calling for donations are shared at least 25 times.
At least 5 boxes of different donations are received by migrants
At least one doctor volunteers their services and offers general check-ups for migrants
At least 10 migrants have adequate health education when it comes to COVID-19 prevention and management
At least 50% of the vaccines administered are the patient’s first doses of the vaccine
At least 60% of migrant and refugee patients ask volunteers questions on the awareness material provided
At least 75% of volunteers express that the activity made it easier for them to communicate with migrants and provide them with adequate healthcare information
At least 16 testaments are collected from migrant workers.
At least 20 individuals provide positive feedback upon reading the booklet.
Deliver sessions to medical students on the rights of migrant workers and the reality of the kafala system.
Design informative posts to be shared on social media.
Coordinate with a group of protesting migrant workers and offer adequate aid and support for their protest against the kafala system on the ground
Document testaments from migrant workers on the experienced abuse in order to be published.
Adopt a national policy document on the Rights of Migrant Workers and the Kafala System and conduct a stakeholder mapping to identify relevant externals for the implementation of the policy document (ex: IOM).
Improve health education and access to healthcare among protesting migrant workers and follow up with workers with COVID-19
Organize with the International Organization for Migration (IOM) a vaccination campaign tailored for migrant workers and other migrants in order to increase their accessibility to healthcare and health education.
Plans for evaluation:
Pre- and Post-Evaluation: A Pre-Evaluation form will be sent to the session participants prior to the sessions. A Post-Evaluation form will be sent to the participants after the end of the session along with a feedback form.
A full report of the donation drive will be drafted with donations tracked.
Full report on the vaccination activity that tracks the number of vaccines administered and patient information is going to be drafted in coordination with the IOM.
Informal Evaluation: This type of evaluation will be used throughout the sessions to make sure the knowledge is acquired by the participants properly. The participants’ discussions will also be evaluated in the assessment.
Informal feedback on the event from both International Organization for Migration (IOM) on LeMSIC’s contribution during the vaccination marathon, in addition to the feedback from volunteers on the activity and its beneficence.
International Organization for Migration: for the vaccination campaign dedicated for migrants
Rafic Hariri University Hospital: venue from the vaccination campaign
Holy Spirit University of Kaslik: logistical support for the sessions
Beirut Arab University: logistical support for the sessions