MEET OUR INTERN – VICKY LEE
Read our latest intern spotlight featuring Vicky Lee. Vicky is a final year student of Geography and Resource Management at the The Chinese University of Hong Kong and has been a Fundraising and Events Intern at PathFinders since October last year. She was also a key member of the team that organised last year’s fun and memorable 10-year fundraising dinner. Thank you Vicky for your energy and commitment to PathFinders!
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What activities have you been participating in?
I have been involved in a wide range of activities over the past 7 months. I had the opportunity to organise events such as the annual fundraising dinner and donor appreciation drinks, etc. On the other hand, as a fundraising intern, I was assigned tasks such as researching new fundraising opportunities, writing grant proposals and attending donors-related meetings.
Apart from doing tasks that were related to my role, I was so thrilled to have a chance to interact and meet our beneficiaries. I supported our community events, education workshops and our Christmas/ birthday parties for beneficiaries. Every opportunity was enjoyable and enabled me to learn new things.
I’ve found my time at PathFinders very meaningful and interesting. Every day I was able to handle various tasks and meet people from different walks of life. I can see the impact that we are making and that’s what truly matters.
What have you learned from this internship?
Gratitude beyond words. I have learned so much throughout this internship and it has been one of the most enjoyable internships I have ever had. First of all, all my colleagues have been really supportive and friendly. It is very aspiring to see people working together to achieve the same mission and goals. I was inspired by the stories and motivations behind them.
I am also thankful to have a great supervisor who genuinely cares about my learning goals and career development. She sometimes assigns tasks that I might not be familiar with doing and that’s how I’ve learned so much. Being a Fundraising and Events Intern at PathFinders has allowed me to see how NGO management works from a business perspective. I’ve learned how important fundraising is to an NGO as it provides a foundation to serve our clients. I’ve also learned that collaboration between different sectors (private, public and NGO) is essential to bringing our work to society.
Lastly, this internship showed me a clear direction that I am devoted to working in the NGO field. I now realise that the greatest joy is to deliver impact and make this world a better place.
Having interned with PathFinders, what kind of change in society do you hope for?
It is fundamentally important to understand the needs and concerns of beneficiaries then our society can better provide what they need to them. Empathy is key and hopefully every individual can try to put themselves into others’ shoes. I didn’t know much about the dilemma of pregnant migrant workers before working at PathFinders. I’m glad that I’ve learned to see things from different perspectives and understand more about this community.
I hope Hong Kong society can be more supportive of our migrant workers.
(Registered Social Worker)
PathFinders is a Hong Kong-registered charity. We work to ensure that the most vulnerable children born in Hong Kong, and their migrant mothers, are respected and protected. We believe that every child born in Hong Kong deserves a fair start in life. We empower migrant worker mothers to make informed life decisions and to find a dignified path towards a legal, safe and sustainable future.
We are a small non-profit organisation currently seeking a high-caliber candidate to fill the position of Case Manager. Our office is in Tai Kok Tsui.
● Provide comprehensive assistance (including crisis intervention and field work) to migrant workers who are pregnant and/ or have children in Hong Kong;
● Accompany beneficiaries to ensure access to services including hospitals, Immigration Department, police stations, Legal Aid Department, Labour Department, Labour Tribunal, law firms, etc;
● Introduce PathFinders’ services to beneficiaries and provide guidance to them in planning for her infant’s care, parenting options, future life options and to monitor the implementation of that plan;
● Ensure that vulnerable children and their migrant mothers are protected and are safe from harm;
● Conduct home visits as appropriate;
● Provide counselling and emotional support to migrant women as appropriate;
● Conduct individual assessments including assessments for shelter-admission purposes, attend
shelter meeting regularly;
● Liaise and build collaboration with NGO agencies, government departments, professionals and volunteers who offer services that assist vulnerable children and migrant women;
● Educate the public on behalf of PathFinders on issues relating to migrant women and their children;
● Develop close relationships with the migrant women community for the purpose of outreach to and
education of this population;
● Build issues-awareness, work with and monitor volunteers and interns in undertaking the above;
● Conduct workshops and hold small group discussions as appropriate;
● Respond to hotline enquires
● Meticulously and regularly document work in PathFinders’ case management system (SalesForce) including, in particular, case records, referrals, summary reports, statistics and meeting file notes for efficient case tracking, referral to lawyers and outside agencies data analysis, reporting and research purposes; and
● Be comfortable collaborating and communicating with a small, dedicated team all of whom also need to be involved in certain aspects of office administration, programme development
● Diploma or above, Hong Kong registered social worker (RSW);
● Fresh graduates are welcome to apply;
● Excellent command of spoken and written English and either proficient in Cantonese;
● 5-day work, sometimes be required to work at weekends (with time off in lieu);
● Keen to improve the welfare of children, migrant workers and pregnant women;
● A positive thinker with a can-do attitude, willing to foster organisational and community development;
● A good team communicator and player, a quick learner who is able to work under pressure and in a dynamic environment;
● Proficiency in PC and Smartphone operations including MC Office, Excel, PowerPoint, whatsapp etc. Training on using SalesForce will be provided.
Please send your resume including cover letter, with current and expected salary, and possible start day by email to firstname.lastname@example.org
Applicants who do not hear from us in two weeks of application should consider their applications unsuccessful.
All information and personal data provided by applicants as part of this recruitment process will be treated in confidence and used for recruitment for this role only.
PathFinders is a committed equal opportunities employer.
We recently created multi-page Chinese leaflets to send to various social welfare organisations so more people – specifically our local population – can have a better understanding of our services.
If friends at other NGOs know of relevant cases we welcome case referrals.
Let’s work together to ensure all children are respected and protected.
PathFinders recently supported migrant women by collaborating with Christy Themar of Next Chapters who delivered a Positive Parenting workshop with freshly designed materials in both English and Bahasa Indonesia, offering guidance emphasising the impact of parenting
approaches in the short and long term.
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 email@example.com
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.
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!