Frequency Asked Questions
YES! That is the exact purpose of the campaign. 100% of the funds go to the direct costs with repatriating the workers from Lebanon.
It costs approximately $500 / ticket. If it sounds like a lot to you, it is that much more for someone who just escaped abusive conditions where they were making $0.06 / hour. We are not asking you to pay for the whole ticket for each worker, we just want you to do what you can. Multiply your impact by becoming a fundraiser for the campaign!
The three primary costs are plane tickets, COVID-19 tests, fines from general security (extortion) and quarantine fees for workers who arrived back home. By far, the plane ticket are the most expensive of these three costs. We are going to use 100% of the funds given through this online campaign for the plane tickets and COVID-19 tests that are required in order to board the plane. This giving campaign is part of a larger advocacy campaign. That larger advocacy campaign includes pressuring Lebanon's general security to end their extortion for workers attempting to repatriate and for sending countries to take responsibility for their people. If we (a tiny organization of just a few full-time employees) are able to purchase the workers plane ticket then Lebanon's General Security can let them pass through without extortion and their home countries can provide them safe shelter for their quarantine.
We are not planning on repatriating all the workers, because that would be impossible for us to handle. We are repatriating the ones with the most dire circumstances who need to make it home as quickly as possible for their physical and mental health. This is only the first step of an intense, long-term campaign. Soon after launching the give portion of the campaign, we are going to launch the rest of the stages which include advocating the sending countries and International Organization for Migration both step up and help these workers. Follow us on social media, you won't miss it!
We would love for you to get more involved in serving the migrant domestic workers in Lebanon. Here's a few ideas: