Nenita arrived in the UK in 2005 and worked in private households to provide a better life for her family in the Philippines. Nenita’s English skills were poor and she’d never used a computer, but long working hours meant she found it hard to access education. In 2009 she found out about Sunday classes offered by Unite the Union through the United Migrant Workers Education Project, and began attending ESOL (English for Speakers of other Languages) and ICT classes with other migrant domestic workers, progressing to level 2 in both subjects. Nenita became an active member of the campaign ‘Justice 4 Domestic Workers’, offering support to fellow-workers; when she was later unfairly dismissed from work, she was equipped with skills to fight her case and receive compensation.
Nenita can now use a computer and uses her skills to communicate with family via Skype, Facebook and email. “I have transformed my life completely,” said Nenita. “After joining ESOL and ICT classes, I became a happy person who can work collectively for her fellow domestic workers in the UK.”