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Mariaâ€™s son remains in the Philippines, in the care of his loving grandmother and aunts.
PathFinders arranged for Baby Kira to receive medical care from a pro bono doctor and our caseworkers finally find Pina. She was bruised, beaten, and defeated. Crying, she told our caseworker, â€œI donâ€™t know what to do.â€ PathFinders helped her to find shelter at a domestic violence shelter, Harmony House, and provided her with counselling and support.
After numerous counselling sessions, PathFinders helped Pina to gain a vision for her future. PathFinders supported Pina so that she could separate herself from her abusive boyfriend and worked with her to rebuild her life. Pina reclaimed guardianship of Baby Kira and decided to choose adoption for her. Working with partner agencies such as the Social Welfare Department and Motherâ€™s Choice, the wheels were set in motion for Baby Kira to be adopted to permanent loving parents in Hong Kong.
Initiating their teaching through a ‘making it’ party where our beneficiaries learned to use sewing machines as they made simple and stylish over-the-shoulder bags, the members also arranged for Melanie from The Sewing Lounge to teach a series of ongoing classes focussing on basic machine sewing skills.
The objective of Mandela Day is to inspire individuals to take action to change the world for the better, and in doing so to create a global movement for good. Check out the events held on Nelson Mandela International Day 2012.
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Babies abandoned or sold to strangers. 6 to 12-year old children walk the streets, without birth certificates or education. Children are fed only the water left over from cooking rice as it is the only food their mother can afford. Options are dire for these vulnerable, mixed-race children born in Hong Kong.
After a long process involving multiple meetings, letters and discussions with the immigration department, the birth registry, the Indonesian Consulate and the hospital that Miraâ€™s children were born at, PathFinders has obtained birth certificates for her children and travel documentation to return to Indonesia. Mira is planning to return home to work in her familyâ€™s business and her eldest daughter will finally be able to attend school.
Local Hong Kong celebrity Crystal Kwok interviews PathFinders on RTHK radio:
For our most recent interview on 8 March 2013 interview, please click here.
For our 26 January 2013 interview, please click here.
For our interview last year, 29 February 2012, please press play below: