A comic book about the lives of Filipina migrant workers
Toronto-based artists, Althea Balmes and Jo SiMalaya Alcampo are creating a community comic book in collaboration with Filipina migrant workers in the Live-in Caregiver Program called, “Kwentong Bayan: Labour of Love”. In the Filipino language, “kwentong bayan” is the literal translation of “community stories”. The artists will present work-in-progress and caregivers will share real-life stories.
The Live-in Caregiver Program continues to be heavily contested and at the centre of many controversies. Many Canadians rely on this program to access affordable care for vulnerable members of their families.
Many Filipinas leave their own families and work abroad to cope with the unstable economy in the Philippines.
Also check out Filipino Web Channel three-part videos on the project:
Props and love to all my brown pinay caregivers!