A pilot project for the relief of Nepali caregivers in Italy
In Co-operation with:
Campion Associates, Caritas, HELP/Nepal Europa
A long-lasting programme...
o To break the exploitation of Nepali caregivers
o To adequately train Nepali caregivers
To enable Italy to rely on skilled caregivers, assuring them
equal treatment and fairness
o To undermine the role played in the market by inhuman organisations
Name: Ciao, Nepal!
Location: Italy - all locations
Beneficiaries: Nepali Workers, Italian Families
Starting date: 2009
Foreseen date to be full operational: Immediate
Project Leader: HELP/Nepal
Project Partner: Campion Associates, Caritas, HELP Nepal Europa
The project is based on previous assessments about the current operative context and on the evaluation of commercial, financial and human resources required to put the project into action. In this document we briefly introduce the main goal and objectives of Ciao Nepal and we examine the contributions of HELP/Nepal, HELP Nepal Europa and Campion Associates.
Ciao Nepal wants to unhinge the exploitation market of Nepali workers, undermining the role played by inhuman organisations that provide outrageously costly services for abroad placements. In order to achieve this goal, Ciao Nepal is starting a pilot project in Italy thanks to the precious cooperation of Campion Associates, Caritas, HELP Nepal Europa and other associations, communities and institutions.
The main objective of the project is to provide basic training to potential Nepali caregivers at a very fair cost, enabling them to better serve as dependable and skilled professionals, and granting them a fair job placement in Italy. Our programme includes vocational training, housekeeping preparation, food management information, basic Italian and basic English language training and general health instructions. This will allow workers and their families to save an enormous amount of money, while improving their professional preparation and the quality of the service offered.
o To build a long-lasting programme that will:
- give adequate training to potential Nepali caregivers
- function as an example for those capable to contribute in expanding the project in other countries
- improve the wellness of the Nepali workers' families
o To dramatically decrease the number of choking mortgages, or any third-party loan, that families take in order to pay the inhuman organisations
o To give dignity to work, in particular to the work of women
o To give momentum to HELP/Nepal humanitarian projects through the contributions gathered by the programme
o To offer qualified, dependable and skilled manpower to families looking for caregivers
o To address the issue of nearly 13% of population (6 million) being more than 75 years old that needs care
o To give reliable support to Italian families, looking after the well-being of their relatives, especially in case of disabled elderly
o To enable workers to be in contact with employers assuring them equal treatment and fairness
o To prove that human labour is not a business tool, but a valuable resource
o To stop inhuman employers from practising unacceptable human and legal abuses (passport confiscation, wages withholding, sexual harassment, exploitation).
We have identified a serious constraint to the wellness of Nepali families in the abroad labour market, identifying several issues amongst with we want first to focus on problems related to women serving abroad as caregivers.
Perspective caregivers apply in Nepal to several "organisations" with the hope of finding a work abroad. For their services, these intermediaries charge them an outrageous amount of money that chokes their family's sustainability.
In fact, families take mortgages and other third-party loans in order to pay the requested sum. These loans, which often start from 60% interests per year or more, put in great danger the future of these people. Moreover, when they leave their own country, they reach their duty station without any preparation and, sometimes, any hope. They are, in fact, exposed to the risk of being exploited through personal and legal abuses.
The problem of
an exploitation market run by inhuman organisations
Nepali workers and their Families
whose impact is (consequences are)
high interests rate mortgages (at least 60% and more per year) and personal or legal abuses in the foreign country, endangering the life of these people and the future of their families. This situation also delivers low qualified workers in the foreign countries