Last Sunday, PathFinders hosted an outreach booth in Victoria Park, Causeway Bay. This was part of Pesta Rakyat, a community event organised by the Consulate General of the Republic of Indonesia to commemorate the 73rd Anniversary of Indonesian Independence.
Despite the heat, over 500 women came along to speak with our team and learn more about PathFinders’ work. We also distributed information kits containing further educational materials for crisis prevention.
With the number of migrant women living and working in Hong Kong increasing on a daily basis, an important part of PathFinders’ work is to raise awareness about the rights of migrant workers and to ensure that all women know who they can turn to for help should they find themselves in need.
In an effort to reach out to all areas of the migrant community, PathFinders holds outreach events like this on multiple occasions throughout the year and in various locations around Hong Kong.
Thank you to the Consulate General of the Republic of Indonesia for inviting us to be a part of such a successful event, and to all the women who took the time to speak with us!
In early June, PathFinders was invited to South Island School to participate in a student discussion about human trafficking as part their ‘Human Library’ event. The event aimed to teach Year 10 students about social issues in their local community.
PathFinders held several group discussions with 200 students aged 14 to 15, raising awareness about the issues faced by migrant workers in Hong Kong, particularly when pregnant. Our team was inspired by their curiosity and questions about government and social sector support for migrant workers, and their support for our client programmes and advocacy work.
Thank you South Island School for hosting us, and for inspiring so many young minds through this fun event!
If you’d like PathFinders to host an interactive and educational session at your school or workplace, please email firstname.lastname@example.org for more details
To provide for our clients’ basic needs, PathFinders holds bi-weekly supply collection events. Our clients, vulnerable women and their children, are invited to collect essential maternity and baby supplies, such as clothing, blankets, pushchairs, diapers, formula, and toiletries.
This year, PathFinders has been overwhelmed with your generous donations, and has so far distributed over 1,600kgs of supplies to almost 300 people in need!
Thank you to everyone who has donated and helped to coordinate these events.
If you are spring cleaning and would like to donate supplies, please email Nabina.Pun@pathfinders.org.hk for details.
Given the current hot weather, PathFinders is particularly in need of the following items;
- Maternity and baby (0-2 years) clothes suitable for summer
- Lightweight or sun-protective clothing (rompers, rashguards, board shorts, onesies etc)
- Lightweight summer shoes
- hats for babies and children
- Suncream suitable for children
- Lightweight electric fans (many of our clients do not have AC or fans)
In May 2018 , PathFinders was one of seven community organisations invited to host an educational booth at Hong Kong Academy’s Service Learning and Sustainability Fair. The event aims to introduce students to local NGOs and raise awareness of the social issues they are tackling.
Approximately 300 students aged 9 to 12 attended the fair. PathFinders taught students about children’s rights and some of the social issues children can face in Hong Kong. Students engaged in various activities to learn about the particular troubles faced by children born to migrant mothers, and the work PathFinders does to ensure every child has a fair start in life.
We are very grateful to Hong Kong Academy for having us, and to all their students for their creativity and curiosity at PathFinders’ booth!
Between February 2017 and February 2018 PathFinders’ Access to Health team has referred 38 children for screening by the Child Development Centre(CDC). Our Case workers flagged these children as those who potentially need additional developmental support. Of these 38 children, 5 have received follow-up care from the Child Development Centre in the form of an ‘Early Intervention Group’ which is held in both English and Cantonese. The group teaches crucial skills needed for learning and participation in school and social settings including:
Listening and responding
An individual teaching and therapeutic programme for each child
. Thank you, CDC for your ongoing support of PathFinders’ children.
Since May 2017 The Matilda International Hospital has partnered with PathFinders to help our pregnant clients who are not eligible for public healthcare to receive structural ultrasound scans and antenatal blood work. A healthy and well-managed pregnancy is the first step in ensuring a child’s well-being. We are so grateful to the Matilda Hospital for helping our babies get the best start in life.
This week, Rebecca and Gellin from our Community Outreach team had the pleasure of attending a screening of The Helper Documentary followed by a panel discussion on human rights, hosted by the Chinese International School (CIS).
CIS hosted the event for their students as part of the school’s Service Education Programme. Rebecca and Gillin sat alongside Mark Daly from Daly Ho & Associates, a law firm with expertise in human rights law. The speakers discussed the work PathFinders does with migrant women and their children and in particular their maternity rights and protections in Hong Kong.
This event is one example of the many initiatives PathFinders’ Community Outreach team supports in order to raise awareness of Foreign Domestic Workers’ rights among the general public.
A special thank you to Mala at CIS for the invitation to this event.
On Saturday 10th March Woodland Pre-Schools held a fete to celebrate their 40th Anniversary. PathFinders was very grateful to be nominated as the charitable beneficiary of all funds raised.
The event was held at the Woodland’s main school campus on Caine Road. More than 200 parents and their children attended this carnival-like event which had endless fun activities and games for childrens, as well as food and drinks vendors to keep parents happy. PathFinders’ team showed up in force to support various stalls and sell lucky draw vouchers. We also held a collection for maternity and baby supplies, and were amazed by the number of generous families who brought donations.
A grand total of HK$50,000 was raised thanks to everyone’s hardwork. We are very thankful to Woodlands Pre-schools for their ongoing support and partnership. Earlier in the year they also generously sponsored school places for a number of Pathfinders’ clients who would otherwise have had no access to education.
We are also grateful to KidsDressSmart, a local social enterprise that raised an additional HK$10,000 for PathFinders through the sale of second-hand designer childrens clothes.
Each year PathFinders clients’ welcome hundreds of new babies into the world. To ensure they have everything they need during their first few weeks, we provide all expectant clients with a box of essential baby supplies, including nappies, baby clothes, maternity pads, bibs, baby oil and more.
In April, Deloitte hosted a staff volunteer event at their offices to help us prepare the supplies for 30 such baby supplies boxes, and packaged and wrapped each of the boxes ready for delivery. They also included some personal messages to congratulate the new mothers. Thank you, Deloitte for hosting such a meaning event and for the amazing enthusiasm of your team!
If you are interested in helping to provide and prepare baby supplies boxes or are looking to hold a similar initiative at your office or school, contact us at email@example.com to find out more.
We are always excited when developing a new community partnership. This month we are delighted to share news of our new partnership with KidsDressSmart (KDS), an online social enterprise selling high-quality second-hand children’s clothes to raise money for worthy causes.
Do you have new, nearly new or gently-used children’s clothes you no longer need? KDS is collecting and selling children’s clothes on PathFinders behalf to raise much-needed funds.
Either drop them off at PathFinders collection points, or schedule a pickup with KDS and select PathFinders as the beneficiary charity. Clothes should be for 0 to 10 years old, and designer or desirable brands. We hope you will share the KDS vision as we do!
KDS also allows you to sell your unwanted children’s clothes yourself and benefit local charities. KDS has committed to donate 10% of each sale to charity, and you can opt to increase this to 60% for a charity of your choice. Just make sure you select PathFinders!