As part of our 10th anniversary celebrations we are sharing stories about our beneficiaries. Today, meet Alice* who is from the Philippines and has a two-month old daughter, Rose*.
Thank you Alice for sharing your story and we wish you all the best in your return home to the Philippines!
* not her real name
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HOW DID PATHFINDERS HELP YOU WHEN YOU WERE PREGNANT AND AFTER YOU DELIVERED YOUR BABY?
I first heard about PathFinders when I was pregnant with my daughter Rose*. I informed my employer of my pregnancy when I was 3-months pregnant and they terminated my contract the next day. I didn’t receive any severance pay and didn’t even get my last month’s salary.
I had nowhere to go and felt so scared. I found a boarding house and slept in a room of around 10 ladies for a few months before hearing about PathFinders and moving into their shelter for the remainder of my pregnancy. My Case Manager was always so kind to me and patiently took me along to healthcare appointments and workshops, making sure I was taking good care of myself throughout my pregnancy. The PathFinders’ legal team also helped push for my outstanding salary and other entitlements from my ex-employer and arranged an extension of my visa so I could temporarily remain in Hong Kong.
HOW DID THE TEAM HELP YOU WITH YOUR RETURN HOME?
The PathFinders team helped secure a one-way ticket for me and my daughter Rose back to my home town in the Philippines and gave me advice on what to pack, when to head to the airport, how to care for my baby on the flight etc. I requested an evening flight as I want to arrive at my village in the dark so no one can see me with my new baby. I feel scared and ashamed. I was touched by how the staff at PathFinders showed support for my fear and granted me this wish.
DO YOU HAVE A MESSAGE FOR THE TEAM AT PATHFINDERS?
I am so grateful for all the help PathFinders gave me at a time when I felt so lost and confused. They never judge a woman’s circumstances and simply wanted what is best for me. Because PathFinders helped to keep my visa valid I still have a chance to support my family on my own and hope to return to Hong Kong to work in the future.