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Yaya – A Documentary by Justin Cheng

Check out director/producer Justin Cheng’s touching documentary Yaya which was released on December 10th to coincide with his Auntie Tessie’s birthday. Yaya explores Justin’s relationship with his Auntie Tessie, a Filipino nanny, who helped raise him and his family at the expense of decades away from hers. 

At its core the documentary is about social and economic empowerment for women and how foreign domestic workers contribute to our community. 

Click on this link to watch the full documentary:https://youtu.be/R8E2fPPs-No


Meet our Intern – Renee Chan

Renee was an Access to Healthcare (A2H) intern at PathFinders. She is in her 3rd year of a degree in Medicine at the University of Hong Kong. Thank you Renee for working with the team and for all your hard work!

WHAT HAVE YOU LEARNT FROM THIS INTERNSHIP?

The internship provided a unique opportunity for me to have a deeper understanding of the other side of Hong Kong society. Foreign domestic helpers are an important part of Hong Kong but ironically they are also often a neglected part of society. Many of them are unlawfully dismissed by their employers once they are pregnant. Before the internship, I never imagined there were so many domestic helpers struggling so hard while they were pregnant in Hong Kong. This made me reflect on our attitude towards foreign domestic helpers. We should respect everyone and their choices. We should support and cheer for them and not judge them.

WHAT ACTIVITIES HAVE YOU BEEN PARTICIPATING IN?

Being an intern on the Access to Healthcare team, I was actively involved in various services and had a lot of chances to have direct contact with clients. I accompanied clients to different medical appointments such as hospital visits for pre-natal check ups and ultrasound scans. I realised the importance of PathFinders’ services as without PathFinders, many of our clients would not be able to get any medical support, not even basic pre-natal and post-natal checks. I also helped in the PathFinders Healthcare Centre, where we provide basic checks for clients that are not eligible to any public healthcare services.

HAVING INTERNED WITH PATHFINDERS, WHAT KIND OF CHANGE IN SOCIETY IN TERMS OF HEALTHCARE NEEDS DO YOU HOPE FOR?

I do hope to see more healthcare support from the government for various minorities group in Hong Kong. Some of the foreign domestic helpers whose contracts are unlawfully terminated are not eligible for public healthcare services in Hong Kong. The government could consider cooperating with various NGOs in Hong Kong to provide basic healthcare services so as to bridge the gap between public healthcare services and this at times isolated group. No one should be denied healthcare services as it is one of the basic needs of humans.

#allchildrenmatter #intern #A2H #change #fdw #internship #healthcare


Winter Clothes Supplies Drive

Since the start of 2018 we’ve donated almost 3,000kg of supplies to our clients and their children.

With winter coming we are in need of warm baby clothes – in particular, rompers (for under 2 years), baby blankets, warm maternity wear for mothers, and shoes for both mums and babies. Other useful items such as feeding bottles, bottle warmers, nappies and cotton wipes, baby wipes, baby food (not expired) and baby carriers are accepted throughout the year.

Please visit this page for more information on how to donate supplies: http://www.pathfinders.org.hk/…/get-inv…/donatebabysupplies/

Thank you for your support!

#allchildrenmatter #supplies #gratitude #babyclothes #winter #donate


10-Year Anniversary Video – “Can You See Me Now?”

We worked with ThinkYoung/ THY LAB to produce and show a video – Can You See Me Now? – at our 10th anniversary fundraising dinner on November 2nd and wanted to share it with our blog followers too.

This short, touching video captures how PathFinders works with clients to ensure that their children are visible and afforded the respect, protection and fair treatment that every child born in Hong Kong deserves.

We hope you enjoy watching it as much as we enjoyed making it!

#gratitude #PF10years #allchildrenmatter #videoproduction #anniversary#children #fairtreatment #respect #protection


10-Year Anniversary Client Portrait Series Collaboration

We were excited to launch a series of client portraits at our 10-year anniversary fundraising dinner in Hong Kong on November 2nd. We worked with esteemed photographer Julia Broad to create an intimate, heartfelt and uplifting series of photographs showcasing the journey we embark on with our clients from when they first find out they’re pregnant to when their baby is born because #allchildrenmatter.

Keep The Lights On

 

Can You See Me Now?

 

Every Child Protected

 

In Safe Arms

 

A Fair Start In Life

 

A Bright Future

 

Baby Steps

 

All Children Matter


Meet our Intern – Kenneth Lee

Kenneth Lee was an Access to Justice (A2J) summer intern who has interned at PathFinders twice. He is in his second year of his Juris Doctor degree at the University of Hong Kong. Thank you Kenneth for working with the team again and for all your hard work and enthusiasm!

What have you learned from this internship?

I once overheard someone saying that it was difficult to describe what PathFinders does in a nutshell. And it’s true. PathFinders’ clients can be in extraordinarily complicated matrimonial, employment, and immigration situations. But that is a reminder that when migrant domestic workers come to Hong Kong and become indispensable pillars of care for tens of thousands of households in this city, they are not merely workers.

During my internship, it was heartwarming to see so many people in Hong Kong advocating for the wellbeing of children born here to migrant mothers. Like every other child born here, these babies deserve to have an identity and access to healthcare, education, and opportunity.

What activities have you been participating in? 

During my time at PathFinders, I drafted documents and legal research notes for the Access to Justice team. The process made me realize the various flaws Hong Kong law and policy has with regards to employment, immigration, and children. I shadowed weekly meetings with case managers, where I got a sense of how they worked with clients and what were the recurring issues that clients would face.

Furthermore, I assisted with PathFinders’ public consultation initiatives at LegCo, attended a press conference on a report by the UN Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination on Hong Kong and China, and drafted talking points for a conference hosted by the Equal Opportunities Commission.

I was also put on the spot many times when I called government agencies such as the Hospital Authority and the Labour Department to follow up on the progress of inquiries and documents for clients. At times I got to accompany clients to the Immigration Department to offer emotional support. This provided me an opportunity to chat, know the clients better on a personal level, and to experience first-hand the difficulties they encounter and the worries they face when interacting with government agencies.

The most memorable task I did was helping case managers assemble racks and organize baby boxes and clothes! It certainly increased a huge amount of floor space in the PathFinders’ office and I hope it helps our clients more easily access the supplies they need!

Having interned at PathFinders twice now, what kind of change in society do you hope for? 

Aging demographics and dual working households mean that the number of people on foreign domestic helper visas is expected to rise to 600,000 in the next thirty years. Hong Kong should carefully consider how best to ensure that these workers are properly treated and protected.

And while NGOs like PathFinders and compassionate Hongkongers do their best to be a stopgap for now, the Hong Kong government should work now to plug the existing social welfare and other gaps experienced by this ultra-vulnerable population of babies, children and women in our city before the numbers become overwhelming.


PathFinders Launches “Can You See Me Now?” Video to Celebrate 10-Year Anniversary

We worked with ThinkYoung/ THY LAB to produce and show a video – Can You See Me Now? – at our 10th anniversary fundraising dinner on November 2nd and wanted to share it with our blog followers too.

This short, touching video captures how PathFinders works with clients to ensure that their children are visible and afforded the respect, protection and fair treatment that every child born in Hong Kong deserves.

We hope you enjoy watching it as much as we enjoyed making it!


Meet our Intern – Rica Lee

Rica Lee worked at PathFinders for 6 weeks over the summer as an Access to Justice intern. Rica has now returned to the UK where she is studying for her Bachelor of Laws Degree at The University of Cambridge.

We wish Rica all the best in her studies and thank her for her hard work over the summer!

What have you learnt from this internship?

Spending 6 weeks at PathFinders has provided me with an insight into the hardships that Foreign Domestic Helpers face, both in Hong Kong and other countries. FDHs in Hong Kong are invaluable to society, allowing locals to balance their career and their domestic responsibilities. It is a tragedy that a group of workers who work so hard and are such an asset to the community are common targets of racial discrimination and are not afforded the same level of protection as all other employed persons in Hong Kong. Undertaking this internship has also shown me the importance of advocacy and providing a voice for vulnerable parties – it was so inspiring to see so many NGOs and large public figures advocating for the rights of FDHs, and also to see staff at PathFinders hosting classes and helping clients feel more empowered by providing them with opportunities to share their stories. I hope to use the knowledge I have gained through working as part of the Access to Justice Team, and through talking to clients and other teams within PathFinders, to help vulnerable people in future. PathFinders has truly helped me find my path in life.

What activities have you been participating in?

During my time at PathFinders, I accompanied clients to various government departments (e.g. Legal Aid Department, Immigration Department…etc.) and attended various client meetings with lawyers, to provide companionship and support to PathFinders’ clients. This provided ample opportunity to get to know clients and to better understand the obstacles that they face on a day-to-day basis as FDHs. I was also given many interesting research tasks, many of which concerned new points of law, to try and find arguments to support client’s cases.

One aspect of interning at PathFinders which I found particularly enjoyable was the opportunity to delve into a variety of different areas. While I was mainly involved with the Access to Justice Team, helping with legal matters, I was also able to explore the policy side of things. This included drafting a letter to the Social Welfare Department and speaking points for an ex-chairperson of the Equal Opportunities Commission. Working in the Access to Justice Team also allowed for interaction with the Case Managers, and speaking to them provided a different perspective on the problems encountered by clients. Lastly, I also helped out with the outreach programmes, which involved assisting during client-focused educational workshops. Many clients brought their children with them, and seeing the children that PathFinders is helping was particularly touching because it helped put all the work being done at PathFinders into perspective.

What kind of change in society do you, after interning with Pathfinders, hope for?

I hope to see society become less judgemental. After my experience at PathFinders, I believe that a large part of the problem is that many locals in Hong Kong perceive FDHs to be lesser than themselves. While I’m currently still unsure about whether this is because of their race or because of the nature of their work or even a mixture of the two, I think that this is irrelevant. FDHs should be afforded the same rights and levels of protection as any other employed persons in Hong Kong. It is my view that the Hong Kong Government needs to respond to the needs of FDHs, and of other ethnic minorities present in Hong Kong.