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PathFinders

Hong 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.

The Challenges

Les Challenges

360,000 migrant domestic workers employed in Hong Kong
6,000 of them are vulnerable pregnant migrant women
Once their contract of employment is terminated, domestics workers have 2 Weeks in Hong Kong until they overstay their visa

Key facts Éléments Clés

Hong Kong
• Area of operations supported by Epic • Zones d'opérations soutenues par Epic
Age Range Âge ciblé 0 — 24 0 à 24 ans
Beneficiaries Bénéficiaires 990 990
Sectors Secteurs Health, Education, Rights & Protection Santé, Education, Droits et Protection
Staff Personnel 30 30
Budget Budget $1,221,649 $1 221 649
Year established Lancement 2006 2006
(2017 data estimates) (Donnés;es estimées 2017)

Key Programs

Programmes principaux

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.

Community Outreach

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.

Advocacy

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.

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