christmas lantern

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name: wilma
age: 43
profession: domestic worker / fundraiser
location: London
weekday: sunday
reference: this is my own creation made of recycled straw and paper. J4DW is working towards positive recognition and visibility of domestic work in british society.this is my way of remembering our own filipino tradition and this also help me to ease my loneliness of celebrating christmas away from my family and home with my justice 4 domestic workers (j4dw) family in the UK.

frames and bears

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name: Realizza
age: 25
profession: domestic worker / visual artist
location: london
weekday: saturday
reference: “bears are kept and memories are framed” as we leave our own children and our own country in exchange  of money and job and a greener pasture, we missed the so many moments we supposed to share with them and that is the high cost of migration.

The fruit of my Labour

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name: Jena
age: 38
profession: Domestic worker
location: Singapore
weekday: thursday
reference: While working as a domestic worker, I also think of my future and family even with my little salary, I always make sure that I save every month. So far I have now farmland with fruits  and rice fields. I also managed to build my own house bit by bit. I am looking forward to settle back home with my 2 children and husband waiting for me. I am only few among my fellow domestic workers whose Family is not torn apart by surviving urgent needs only to go home with broken family. domestic workers have to leave our family back home in the hope of better life and future of our children and families. Many do not understand us that we have to leave them but for us it is a matter of love and responsibility with strong hope that one day we can be reunited again.

gingerbread exchanged in conversation about child poverty – city centre

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name: Paula, Sam, Fionn, Oisin, Roma
age: 36, 34, 10, 1, 0
profession: artists, activists, architects, researchers, family, writers,
location: sheffield, uk
weekday: Saturday
reference: gingerbread. family time, Saturday morning, January 2011. 1 in 3 children living in poverty in the Uk. www.endchildpoverty.org.uk

the inbetweens

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name: margarita
age: 27
profession: ……….
location: amsterdam
weekday: tuesday
reference: everything before and after this breakfast table is domestic work. gathering, preparing, setting… then, gathering, cleaning, putting away. it is always bookended by these tasks, so you draw out the inbetween for as long as you can. (photograph of my grandfather and our daily breakfast ritual)

my least favorite domestic chore: the laundry pile!

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name: dooho
age: 31
profession: artist
location: amsterdam
weekday: wednesday
reference: from an article from internet. she has already great comment on this. My worst enemy, my archerival, my most infamous nemesis, worse than Superman’s krypronite, more daunting than a dark, bleak wintery day, my least favorite domestic chore: The laundry pile!”
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