Kalayaan

Key Facts

Topic Areas
Social Change | Human Rights | Refugee & Migration | BME
Amount Awarded
£141,167
Year Awarded
2011
Region
UK Wide
Length of Award
36 months
Organisation website
www.kalayaan.org.uk

The organisation focuses on the hidden problem of domestic servants and childminders, many of whom are regarded as modern day slaves and mistreated. 

Kalayaan, meaning “freedom” in the Filipino language of Tagalog, supports 350 new clients a year through services including advice and advocacy, training in immigration and employment rights, emergency support to tackle destitution, awareness raising, media work and campaigning at governmental level.

Kalayaan has an impressive record in safeguarding the rights of a much marginalised group but also in creating policy change.  The Foundation, which awarded the charity a core costs grant, due to the marginalisation suffered by Kalayaan’s clients; many of whom suffer restricted movement, speak poor English, and have little or no social network. Equally impressive is the fact that this small organisation operates nationally to fill a gap in support and runs an influential and regularly updated website regarded as a useful resource for the rest of the sector.

This grant fits our social change priorities under Participation – marginalised and excluded individuals and groups, and our aims as work which backs the unorthodox and unfashionable.