“My life matters regardless of my colour and race. I want to be able to raise awareness about racism and reinforce positive values, build trust and compassion, and reduce the injustices that Black people face.”
I am Florence Wanga. I am 33 years old. I was born in the Western Province of Kenya, I have three siblings and I am the eldest. My parents are farmers. They planted cassava, wheat, sweet potatoes, and nuts on our small land for us to eat. At a very young age, I learned how to be a farmer.
I started working when I was 17 years old as a domestic worker in my village. I was looking after the three children, doing household chores and cooking for them. My salary went towards my school fees and I also gave some to my grandmother to buy our food. Working and going to school was hard to manage. I couldn’t save money and I couldn’t buy my own things. I didn’t see the fruit of what I was working on. I stayed with this family for almost two years until I finished high school. I found a rich family and although the work was difficult, I endured it so my family could eat. This employer brought me here to the UK in 2022 on an ‘Overseas Domestic Worker Visa’ where I suffered abuse and exploitation.
I managed to exit this abusive situation through the help and support of ‘The Voice of Domestic Workers (VODW)’. I met my fellow domestic workers in this charity who soon became my family here in London. I regularly attend the classes provided by VODW every Sunday and I am extremely happy to be chosen as one of the ‘Future Voices’. I look forward to being a spokesperson.