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 6,400 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 390,000 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.