The management of female domestic workers among christian families within Roysambu sub-county, Nairobi, Kenya
Ngunjiri, Evah Njeri
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The female domestic workers (FOWs) cannot be underrated since they playa vital role in many households. In this modern monetary economy, families require domestic workers ( OWs) to assist in household chores. In this light, the services rendered by OWs are important particularly for families that want to pursue studies. The Bible gives some guidance and principles on how the employer and employee, both of whom share a common humanity, should relate with each other (Nakato, 20 II :46). The first duty of a Christian is to love God then fellow human beings (Matthew 22:37-40). This study looked at the management of female domestic workers in homes of Christians from selected Mainline Churches within Roysarnbu Constituency, Nairobi, Kenya. The study was guided by the following objectives: to assess the Christian principles governing the Christian employers in their relationship with FOWs, to outline the common social teachings of the mainline churches on the handling of female domestic workers, to investigate the treatment of FOWs in Christian homes within Roysambu and to find out the factors contributing to the high turnover of FOWs in Christian homes within Roysambu constituency. The study showed that there are Christian principles like justice, dignity and respect that should guide Christian employers when relating with their FOWs. Similar to that are the common social teachings of the mainline churches such as justice for all. The findings revealed that despite the major contribution of FOWs to the growth of families, they face numerous challenges. This led to their high turnover rate thus destabil izing the career and other pursuance of Christian employers. The interpretation of data was done using Character and Principal-based ethical theories. The Character and Relationship-Based Ethical Theories laid emphasis on Christian employers maintaining a harmonious relationship with FOWs. The Principle-Based Theories of Change by West's (2006) and Stassen's (2008) proposed a liberative motif for marginalized people in the community such as FOWs. The target population was composed of all Christians within the five selected mainstream churches in Roysambu Constituency. A combination of stratified and random sampling techniques were used to get a sample of 144 participants from an approximate population of 1400 Christians. The study utilized interviews, focus group discussions, questionnaires, archival and library research to collect data. The data was analyzed through qualitative descriptive statistics which gave findings, conclusions and recommendations. It is concluded that a Christian employer ought to exhibit virtues of love and justice.