Pathfinders

Focus Areas

Child & Mother’s Protection,  Justice, Health, Shelter, Education, Community Outreach, Home Country Integration

Beneficiaries

Babies and children born to migrant women, and their mothers, in Hong Kong

Strengths

Child -centered
Non-judgemental
Evidence-based
Accountable
Respectful
Collaborative

What They Do

PathFinders ensures the most vulnerable babies born in Hong Kong, and their Foreign Domestic Worker (FDW) mothers, are respected and protected. PathFinders is a respected charity committed to supporting the welfare of children by providing child protection, counselling, shelter, food, health, education and legal support.

Facts

In 2018 PathFinders:
  • Assisted 900 babies, children and women
  • Provided information and advice on pregnancy, health and maternity rights to 6,678 participants at 51 community outreach events
  • Provided 808 healthcare interventions
  • Distributed over 3,300kg of supplies to beneficiaries
  • Provided shelter to 37 mothers and babies

About

We believe that every child deserves a fair start in life.

PathFinders ensures the most vulnerable babies born in Hong Kong, and their Foreign Domestic Worker (FDW) mothers, are respected and protected. The journey began in 2007 when co-founders Kylie Uebergang and Melissa Mowbray-d’Arbela rescued four babies born to migrant women in Hong Kong.

Realising a gap in Hong Kong society where women and babies go undocumented and unprotected, PathFinders was founded on the belief that no child should be born alone and deprived of medical support, shelter and identity. Having served more than 6,350 babies, children and women, PathFinders is a respected charity committed to supporting the welfare of children by providing child protection, counselling, shelter, food, health, education and legal support.

Hong Kong currently employs 385,000 FDWs, with the number forecast to rise to 600,000 to help us care for our rapidly aging population. Many FDWs are women of child bearing age who lack reproductive health knowledge. PathFinders therefore adopts an educational and preventative approach towards ensuring every pregnancy is considered and planned to enable a clear and stable path for the child's future.

Five years ago the PathFinders team also initiated dialogue with the administration and other key local and international stakeholders with a view to influence systemic and policy change. We take part in public consultations and make submissions to the United Nations and HKSAR Legislative Council with the desire to bring about institutional change to policies and practices that either actively exclude or omit to protect babies and their FDW mothers in Hong Kong. 
website
http://www.pathfinders.org.hk/public/

Events

  • Community Education - every Monday  


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