Introduction

CDTD has benefitted over 5000 Domestic Workers with homecare management skills, other vocational skills and another 10,000 through human & labor rights training. CDTD’s beneficiaries are mainly young female domestic workers aged between 10 & 45 years, including urban refugees and victims of human trafficking who face labor exploitation. Domestic workers are among the most vulnerable and exploited in Kenya. Domestic labor is also among the lowest status, least regulated, and the poorest remunerated of all occupations. CDTD has undertaken various initiatives {among them the Domestic Workers Transformation Program} to improve the working conditions of domestic workers in Kenya and has built collaborations and partnerships in government and civil society to enable efficient service delivery to its target group. Domestic workers are among the most vulnerable and exploited in Kenya. Domestic labor is also among the lowest status, least regulated, and the poorest remunerated of all occupations.

Homecare Hub App

The App is a social enterprise known as ‘homecarehub’ and was developed with the intention of virtually connecting domestic workers to employers for temporary jobs. This online job platform is enriched with extensive resources for both the domestic workers and employers including but not limited to labor rights information, useful service providers for both parties, recruitment and selection tips, conflict management, SRH education, savings and investments education among others.

The App is currently in its’ pilot phase and will provide economic opportunity to domestic workers and care givers in Kenya. It will also create;

  • Easy access to job opportunities – for trained and vetted domestic workers
  • Easy access to qualified workers for employers – trustworthy and quality workers
  • Revolving empowerment forums to educate workers on investments and savings as well as job related capacity building
  • Revolving surveys and forums with current and future employers to further explore the changing labor market dynamics

Homecare Hub App Beneficiaries Context

Our primary beneficiaries are female Domestic Workers (girls and women) from Nairobi County. They are located in 9 Sub-Counties namely; Westlands, Dagoretti, Kasarani, Langata, Starehe, Kamukunji, Embakasi, Njiru and Makadara).Overall, individuals living in urban areas who have no education are twice as likely to be without work as their rural counterparts in Kenya. People with no education in Kenya are 1.7 times more likely to have no work than people with secondary education and above . CDTD works with Domestic Workers who are mostly illiterate and lack bargaining power for good compensation / pay. The year 2017 statistics indicate that there were an estimated 2 million Domestic Workers in Kenya . In spite of these numbers, domestic work is not highly regarded and thus attracts a population that has undergone immense hardships and little education. Kenyatta University Social Science Research Consultant, Dr. Wainaina, explains that the stigma of domestic labor is because “internalized in the mind of the average Kenyan is the fact that the {house} girl is already a failure in life and has resigned herself to her inescapable fate” and “her naivety, lack of exposure and marketable skills and her human shortcomings caused by her lack of education and opportunities are seen as a confirmation of her own worthlessness” . The obstacles they are struggling to overcome sometimes act as additional stumbling blocks on the path to self-sufficiency and leave them vulnerable to exploitation as well as manipulation. This greatly impacts their lives and reduces their chances of economic stability.

Kenya like many other countries of the world has not ratified the ILO Convention 189 that seeks to protect Domestic Workers from abuse and exploitation globally. In light of the many negative vibrations happening around this profession as well as other gaps that exist in policy and implementation of current labour laws, CDTD started grassroots organizing of Domestic Workers within their communities so as to address and advocate for respect of Domestic Workers rights among government, policy makers and the citizenry. We are creating a vibrant movement to advocate for Domestic Workers rights in Kenya and the region. We endeavor to cite the injustice (abuse and violence) that workers undergo in this line of work as well as enhance responsibility and respect for human rights. Our intention is to change the conversation from one of attack and defensiveness to transforming and empowering both the employee and employer.

Employment/Job Placement

Who is a Domestic Worker: A Domestic Worker is someone who is employed permanently or temporarily in a household as a cook, housekeeper, private driver, cleaner, nanny or gardener.

Services of the Homecare Hub App: This app connects employers to well trained and vetted Home Assistants, offers employers and employees resources and provides job placement services for Home Assistants (if need of full time placements services, employers are requested to contact CDTD to set an appointment).

Purpose of Homecare Hub app: A convenient and safe service that connects employers to Home Assistants. Employers use the app to request a service and have the ability to view varying profiles as well as select the individual that meets their best needs for temporary services.

Subscription and Monthly Fee:

  • Employers pay an annual subscription fee of 1500 Kenyan shillings to access the Home Assistants services
  • The Home Assistants pay a monthly fee of 100 Kenyan shillings to stay connected to opportunities

*Resources found in the App

Please register and log in to access the free employer and employee resources

Register Here

Our Contacts and Social Media Pages

Phone: 0757 543 323 / 0795 087 007
Facebook: Homecarehub; Website: www.cdtd.org

Homecare Management Training Overview

Over the years, we have built a reputation for ourselves by offering quality training to our trainees through the latest state of the art equipment and facilities. Our trainers are NITA trained and certified and are well experienced to tackle both theory and practical areas of teaching. For total quality control, we employ mentorship, guidance and counseling in our model and this has contributed to our success. Please find important course information below:

Course Curriculum consists of the following:

  1. Homecare management which comprises:
    • Housekeeping
    • Childcare
    • Laundry work
    • Home nursing
    • Cookery
  2. Support areas:
    • Pre-departure training (optional but mandatory for workers going to work in foreign countries)
    • Life skills
    • Labor relations
    • Reproductive Health
    • Cookery
  3. Language :
    • Arabic for those destined to the Middle East
    • Basic English for those who cannot read or write