Join Us for ‘Helper Appreciation 2022’ this May and WIN Your Helper a FREE Balikbayan Box (a Box to Send Home)!
May is Helper Appreciation Month. This year marks Sassy Mama’s seventh annual celebration of helpers in Singapore. Since we began with a one-day celebration and awards ceremony in 2016 to say thank you to helpers and recognise all the amazing ways they support our families, the celebration has grown by leaps and bounds. In the past, we have hosted large events with our partners to show helpers how much we appreciate them. This year, we are giving away Balikbayan Boxes from MHM Global to 10 families.
Balikbayan Boxes are tax-free gift boxes that foreign domestic helpers can fill with clothes, essentials, toys and goodies and send back home (traditionally to the Philippines as ‘Balikbayan’ is a Filipino word – though nowadays boxes are sent back to different home countries such as Indonesia, Malaysia etc). Companies like Balikbayan Boxes from MHM Global will send you an empty box for you to fill yourself, and then they’ll pick up the box and have it delivered to your family back home! Sending home a box is an effective and practical way for many foreign domestic helpers to show their families their love.
Where did our May Helper Appreciation Month begin?
The idea for celebrating helpers throughout the month of May began in Hong Kong, where resident Steve Chitty pointed out the month is a natural fit given that it encompasses Labour Day, Mother’s Day and the International Day of Families.
Enter our Helper Appreciation giveaways to win your helper a Balikbayan Box to send home* from MHM Global (a value of up to $195)!
Step 1: Like this post
Step 2: Follow @sassymamasg on Instagram
Step 3: Post a picture of your helper (with yourself, your kids, your pets or on her own!) making a heart shape with their hands and tell us what you appreciate most about her. Make sure to tag @sassymamasg and use the #HelperAppreciationSG to be entered.
Bonus entry: Share this post to your story!
We will be resharing your posts throughout the remainder of May to celebrate Helper Appreciation Month. Giveaway ends 31 May at midnight.
*MHM Global sends Balikbayan Boxes to the Philippines only.
Education is key to ensuring helpers break the cycle of poverty. Click through below to find out about the wide range of helper education courses available across Singapore – which span financial literacy, cooking, beauty, first aid, and home healthcare.
Everyone deserves good healthcare, yet sadly many helpers receive the bare minimum of checkups without regard to dental or vision care. Our partner, Osler Health, offers free cervical cancer tests for all domestic helpers of patients. Find out more here. Plus, find out how you can help your domestic worker access basic financial knowledge and education to support her family, plan for her future and retirement, and ensure she avoids common hazards like loan sharks. Click through for information on courses, and to find out more about small business success stories from AIDHA in Singapore.
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Help your helper have fun on her day off with our roundup of clubs, hobbies, and activities for helpers in Singapore!
The struggle to achieve a work/life balance is real for all of us! But when you work 6 days a week (and live at your workplace) it can be even tougher. Making time for fun can make a big difference to the rest of the week, whether it’s getting some exercise, indulging a creative side, joining a club or getting together with friends. Make sure your helper knows what’s on offer for her in her spare time and on her day off.
Sassy Mama is dedicated to celebrating ALL mothers and families. Here’s how we began to celebrate and recognise helpers’ crucial contributions to our families:
We began with a Helper Appreciation party began back in 2016 recognising helpers for special achievements in childcare, cooking and love for pets.
Read all about how our Helper Appreciation party, see how the initiative has grown over the years, and help us continue to spread the word across Singapore!