Comment, Solidarity Autumn 2010
Late last year I took part in a participatory evaluation of our UnionAID projects in South India and on the Thai-Burma border.
I spent a week with each project and, after meetings and visits with many participating workers, it’s great to be able to assure donors that your contributions are bringing huge benefits to these very vulnerable workers.
In Tamil Nadu the Dalit and tribal workers spoke movingly, and with great pride, about the benefits they have been able to achieve through their union which now has more than 30,000 members, and their gratitude to New Zealand workers for your solidarity.
For these workers and their families, gaining respect as well as monetary gains has been a life-changing experience.
On the Thai-Burma border, in the very difficult conditions for migrant workers in cheap labour sweatshops, the project is bringing knowledge of labour rights and the collective strength to exercise them. Most of these workers are young women and the project is also providing leadership and vocational skills training.
The whole experience made me very proud of what UnionAID has already helped these workers to achieve. And of course our donors should share that pride because we can’t do it without your financial support.
So thanks again for making your commitment. Your money is already making a huge difference to many thousands of some of the most vulnerable workers in the world.