PathFindersHong Kong Hong Kong
Securing the lives and livelihoods of migrant workers and their children in Hong Kong
PathFinders works to ensure that the most vulnerable children born in Hong Hong, and their migrant mothers, are respected and protected. PathFinders’ programs are designed to supply essential services such as aid in securing a legal identity, adoption assistance, crisis intervention, education, employment support, shelter and medical care. PathFinders also works to promote systemic changes by advocating for increased government assistance to migrant mothers and their children. Since 2008, PathFinders impacted over 4,200 lives in Hong Kong, helping over 1,400 newborns and toddlers.
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Social and Health Services
PathFinders ensures that migrant women and children have access to one-on-one legal advice and representation. This ensures mothers retain their legal right to live in Hong Kong by securing valid visas. Mothers who have to return to their home countries are provided with preparation classes, relocation and home support allowances, flights and airport pick-ups and referrals to local supporting networks. PathFinders also provides temporary shelter and health care services to children and migrant mothers. The shelter serves as a safe haven for the homeless and unsupported. The Healthcare Program provides access to vital medical services from doctors, midwives, and nurses during pregnancy and beyond.
Through the Community Outreach Program, migrant men, women, and children are equipped with crucial knowledge about their rights and PathFinders' services. Outreach is conducted through community events in areas with high migrant populations. 11,250 migrant domestic workers were educated in 2015 alone, and beneficiaries were sourced through this program.
PathFinders also seeks to affect sustained impact through robust research efforts, leadership in NGO networks, and work with government to influence policy. PathFinders has successfully promoted legislation that now requires the Social Welfare Department to accept babies born to migrant women in Hong Kong into the adoption pool, so that no child is left homeless or neglected.
Life Skills Education and Economic Empowerment
PathFinders' education program empowers and equips Hong Kong based migrant mothers with the tools and confidence they need to better care for their children and to plan safe, legal, and sustainable livelihoods. The program includes weekly workshops on life skills and legal advice, vocational training, and child development. PathFinders also encourages and enables beneficiaries to attend skills training programs offered by other NGOs.