In this edition of our “Meet our Intern” series meet Efa Chan, a second year Master of Public Health Student at The University of Hong Kong. Efa is working as an intern at PathFinders from January to July 2019 and has been supporting the Access to Healthcare team. Thank you Efa for your ongoing hard work and support!
- What activities have you been participating in?
During my internship at PathFinders, I have been accompanying clients to attend various health care services such as hospital visits and birth control counselling. I’ve also supported on home visits and shelter visits to see our clients and assess their needs.
I’ve been assisting in PathFinders clinics to provide basic assessments for ante-natal and post-natal clients. I find the tasks at PathFinders meaningful because I can help solve clients’ difficulties when accessing the health care system and I can be the bridge between the health care providers in the system and the clients.
- What have you learnt from this internship?
Working on the Access to Healthcare team has allowed me to spend a lot of time with our clients. Providing companionship in a respectful manner to our clients means a lot to them. One client who is planning to go back to her home country with her baby daughter told me that her mind was empty until she found PathFinders and she would be nothing without us. Staying with the clients and talking with them allowed me to have a better understanding of their obstacles regarding accessing health care, such as language barriers.
Being an intern at PathFinders has allowed me to know more about the neglected part of the population in Hong Kong. It has also given me the opportunity to understand the difficulties in accessing healthcare, while adequate health care access should be everyone’s right.
- Having interned with PathFinders, what kind of change in society do you hope for?
Adequate healthcare access as a basic need should be everyone’s right. I hope to see everyone in our society have equal access to health care with no one mistreated. Adequate support should be provided to everyone in society including ethnic minorities.
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Fundraising & Events Internship
PathFinders was founded in 2008 after two babies and their migrant mothers were found in extreme danger and poverty, with no one able or willing to help them. PathFinders is now 10 years’ old, and has now improved the lives of over 6,150 ethnic minority women and children, including over 2,800 newborns and toddlers, of whom 180 would, but for PathFinders, have been at significant risk of abuse, neglect and/or trafficking.
PathFinders serves pregnant, migrant women in distress and their Hong Kong-born children. PathFinders provides humanitarian support (food, shelter, clothing), social and welfare services, as well as access to healthcare, legal support and identity documentation. We also deliver educational workshops and provide home country integration support.
To address the root cause of our clients’ problems, we deliver preventative community education and awareness-raising initiatives. Since 2013, PathFinders has made over 250 international and local public speeches, submissions and interventions, to influence policy and promote systemic change.
Visit our website www.pathfinders.org.hk to find out more
ABOUT THE FUNDRAISING TEAM
PathFinders’ Fundraising team is responsible for managing donor relations, sourcing new funding and resources for our programmes. Each year in November, PathFinders hosts a fundraising dinner to celebrate our anniversary and raise a significant amount of funding. We also organise other fundraising and donor engagement events on an adhoc basis.
ROLE & RESPONSIBILITIES
PathFinders is looking for Fundraising & Events Intern to help organise these events. We are looking for an enthusiastic and pragmatic individual, with a good balance of organisational, commercial and interpersonal skills to work closely with the wider PathFinders. This position is suitable for individuals with previous work experience who are able to work independently and take initiative. Responsibilities include;
- Event administration and management – liaising with suppliers, venue, performers, managing volunteers and crew, event team meeting management & reporting, clean up
- Donor management – business development, communications, tracking, negotiating, managing comms aspects
- Communications – preparation of all event copy and materials, including social media, website, event brochure,
- Guest management – tracking interest & ticket sales, liaison and payment
- Supporting other PathFinders projects as needed
NECESSARY SKILLS & QUALIFICATIONS
- Demonstrated interest in philanthropy, NGOs, corporate social responsibility, fundraising, events
- Strong interpersonal skills, and able to work independently and in a team environment
- Strong research, organisational and administrative skills
- Fluency in English, with excellent verbal and written communications skills
- Outgoing, creative and enthusiastic individual
- Attention to detail, and good with numbers
- Confident in Word, Excel and Powerpoint
- Familiar with Google Drive, Salesforce/CRM databases
- Your own computer, with Microsoft Office (or compatible) suite
- Cantonese and graphic design skills would be an advantage
- Be comfortable with, and committed to, operating within PathFinders’ core values: non-judgmental, respectful, passionate, courageous, empathetic, discreet, collaborative; and
- Hold a HKID, valid visa or be eligible to apply for a working student or training visa. Students who are not permanent Hong Kong residents should refer to the conditions for taking up employment in Hong Kong. A breach of any condition will render them liable to prosecution and removal from Hong Kong under the Immigration Ordinance.
- This is a full or part time position, with a minimum commitment of 20 hours/week for 8 weeks, ideally between July and November
- Applicants should be willing to work flexible hours to accommodate meetings and events
- The internship will be based predominantly at PathFinders’ offices at Worldwide Centre, 123 Tung Chau Street, Tai Kok Tsui, Kowloon, Hong Kong. Travel within Hong Kong is expected for events and to attend various meetings
- This is an unpaid internship unless the applicant falls outside the exceptions in the Minimum Wage Ordinance. Reasonable travel expenses while on PathFinders’ business will be reimbursed
Interested applicants should send a Letter of Interest, Curriculum Vitae and availability by email, with the subject “Fundraising & Events Internship Application: [full name]”, to Harriet Beavis, Business Development Manager, at firstname.lastname@example.org
Shortlisted candidates will be notified by email and invited for interview. If you do not back from us within 4 weeks of submitting your application, please assume your application has been unsuccessful.
PathFinders is a committed equal opportunities employer. PathFinders Limited is non-partisan and non-religious.
Meet Our Team
Have you ever wondered what it’s like to work at an NGO like PathFinders? In our new “Meet our Team” series we give you the chance to see what keeps our hardworking and dedicated team at PathFinders busy.
In today’s post, meet Business Development Manager Harriet Beavis! Harriet has been at PathFinders for almost 2 years and moved to us after working at a charitable foundation and various corporates in Singapore.
WHAT IS YOUR ROLE AT PATHFINDERS?
I look after fundraising, and work with our donors and supporters to ensure we have the right resources to run our programmes.
WHAT DOES A TYPICAL DAY AT PATHFINDERS LOOK LIKE IN YOUR ROLE?
My role is hugely varied; in a single day I could be pitching to a potential donor, writing a grant application, planning for our annual fundraising dinner, and meeting with PathFinders programme managers to learn about a new project and how I can best support them.
WHAT DO YOU ENJOY ABOUT YOUR JOB?
The people! My role requires working with an incredible community of individuals, both internally among the team, and externally with various donors and supporters. Despite different backgrounds and professions, from social workers to corporate executives, we all share a common interest and mission in supporting PathFinders. A special shout out to my colleagues who are undoubtedly the most hard-working, dedicated and humble group of people I’ve ever worked with.
DO YOU HAVE ANY ADVICE FOR ANYONE LOOKING TO WORK AT AN NGO?
Do it! As someone who has previously worked in various corporate, philanthropic and ‘donor’ roles, I had always wondered what it would be like to work in an NGO. Working at PathFinders has been an amazing, eye-opening opportunity – I would highly recommend it to anyone who wants to learn first hand about the challenges faced by NGOs, and the complexities of solving local and global social issues.
CAN YOU SHARE A STORY ABOUT HOW YOUR WORK DIRECTLY IMPACTS PATHFINDERS’ CLIENTS?
Given I do not work directly with our clients, I prefer to keep in mind the big picture; knowing my business skills and experience have enabled PathFinders to raise millions of dollars, which has in turn improved the lives of hundreds of vulnerable children and women.
WHAT DO YOU ENJOY DOING IN YOUR SPARE TIME?
Spending time with my three adopted dogs, hiking among Hong Kong’s stunning nature and planning my next travel adventure!
PathFinders is funded by several extremely generous corporates, foundations, organizations and individual donors, and we are so grateful for all the support we receive. UNICEF Hong Kong has supported PathFinders through its Child Rights Advocacy Project in 2017-2018 which included crisis intervention and medical care for beneficiaries and support in making submissions and speeches to inform policy or procedural change.
Thank you UNICEF Hong Kong for your ongoing support of PathFinders and the work we do!
We are proud to partner with Uplifters, a new NGO in Hong Kong offering online courses to FDWs in Asia and the Middle East.
Join their Facebook group for employers – https://www.facebook.com/groups/supportforemployersofforeigndomesticworkers – which serves to provide information and experiences in a safe non-judgmental environment.
Show your support by ‘liking’ Uplifters’ page!
The helpline connects women and girls to pro bono legal, emotional and social resources, and operates in Hindi, Urdu and English on Mondays, Thursdays and Fridays from 10am to 4pm. This is the first service of its kind.
If you are in need of help, Call Mira at 9682 3100 or visit https://www.callmira.org/.
On April 11th, 2019 we welcomed over 120 donors for drinks and canapés at Soho Yard Gallery to thank them for supporting PathFinders.
Our new CEO Catherine Gurtin was formally introduced to all and Board Chair Vivien Webb said a few words of thanks.
We look forward to seeing everyone at our next appreciation drinks!
Meet some of our PathFinders team and find out more about what they love about their jobs in this new video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WTc0SUZ0eFU&t=10s
Meet our Volunteer – Linda Burgoyne
In this edition of our “Meet our Volunteer” series meet Linda Burgoyne, CEO at Matilda International Hospital. Linda is a qualified and experienced CEO with over 20 years’ experience in the Asia Pacific region and 4 years’ in the Middle East. She is passionate about patient-centric care and has proven success in engaging community partners whilst effectively maintaining an active role in professional organisations and charities. Thank you Linda for all your support!
HOW DID YOU HEAR ABOUT PATHFINDERS?
I’d heard about PathFinders and wanted to find out more. When I visited I was handed a vulnerable baby to hold…..I knew our staff at Matilda could help and the rest as they say is history!
WHY DID YOU CHOOSE TO VOLUNTEER/SUPPORT PATHFINDERS?
I originally trained as a midwife so caring for mums and babies is very personal to me. Matilda provides excellent maternity care and we are all willing and committed to giving back to the community so it’s a great fit. PathFinders staff are truly passionate – even my mother who lives in Wales and visited PathFinders once persuaded her friends to knit hats and winter jackets for the babies.
WHAT DID YOU LEARN ABOUT THE ORGANISATION/NATURE OF THE WORK?
We’ve been actively involved in PathFinders’ access to healthcare programme which is a fantastic initiative providing access to vital medical services and bridging the gaps in the service provision. Matilda doctors provide antenatal check-ups, blood tests and a scan for mums and checks for ill babies.
DO YOU HAVE A MASSAGE FOR OTHER PEOPLE AT CORPORATES LOOKING TO VOLUNTEER?
Often said but nevertheless still true – you always get more back than you give.
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