Au Pinoy started as a small project with four members in 2009. We made two issues of the magazine, and after that it never really got to a third issue.
Why? Well, it is a mixture of things, but mostly it was lack of time. Also, it became clear to me (Raymond Kristiansen) that I wasnt really interested in spearheading this project. I wanted to be a Part of a Team, and to a large extent there really wasnt a team with members who had the time to commit strongly to this project after the first issue.
So instead of having ever more months of silence about this project, or maybe talking about it but with no Result, I decide to wrap things up here and now. The two issues of Au Pinoy that was published is still to a large extend valid, in my opinion – the issues are the same, and there is still the threat that the whole au pair system might be stopped in Norway. In Denmark, this won’t ever happen with the current government, but a change in government after the next parliamentary elections might spell threat to the system in Denmark too.
After the start of the Au Pair project in 2009, there was one Major thing that has been an improvement for Filipino au pairs going to Denmark or Norway: The potential au pairs do not have to smuggle themselves out of The Philippines anymore, paying an ‘escort fee’ to corrupt airport officials in Manila. I still don’t think this change in bi-lateral relations between The Philippines and Denmark/Norway will solve everything, but it was an important step. Congratz to everyone who fought for that!
Au Pinoy was overall received pretty positively, and during this project I managed to meet a lot of very interesting people. I thank you all for the conversations, and I look forward to meeting some of you again in future projects.
The two issues of Au Pinoy that was printed are available in pdf-versions from the Au Pinoy homepage.
Regarding the ‘rights’ to the name, the website etc. The name Au Pinoy is the brainchild of Emil Støvring, one of the four of us who started this project. I registered the website and I still host it. I don’t think I will let the domain-name expire for a few years… besides, who knows, maybe the project will be reborn one day. If anyone want to use the name or domain for a similar magazine project, you can email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and we can talk.
One of the ideas behind this publication was that we saw a dire need for au pairs who do NOT belong to a formal network (church organization, etc) to receive useful information about life as an au pair in Denmark/Norway. This idea is still valid, and I have yet to hear about a different publication targeting the same target group, but I still hope that someone will make such a publication.
And for those who wonder how I get engaged for Filipinos now: In 2010, I have been part of a the organizing team behind entrepreneurship workshops held here in Oslo, and that is a project that I will continue with in some form.
That’s all, folks. Au Pinoy was a fun little spare-time project. See you around