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!
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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!
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.
PathFinders was delighted to participate in a recent employee engagement initiative together with corporate partner, BNP Paribas.
Employees were invited to an in-house screening of The Helper Documentary, followed by a panel discussion. The panel discussed some of the issues facing migrant workers in Hong Kong, some of which were shown in the film, such as maternity rights. Thank you to BNP Paribas for hosting us, and for your engaging questions!
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In partnership with the Philippines Consulate, PathFinders hosted an engaging educational workshop for 60 newly-arrived domestic workers. The workshop covered various aspects of relationships and sensitive socio-cultural topics, including vulnerabilities and conflicts in relationships, self-protection and marital and visa status’. In addition, the participants were provided information on family planning and their maternity rights in Hong Kong. This is one of a series of community education and awareness initiatives planned this year to empower migrant women, prevent unplanned pregnancy and reduce unlawful dismissal of pregnant migrant workers.
PathFinders submitted a proposal to understand and to benchmark established, innovative and proven organisations providing access to justice; to learn how most effectively to bridge the gap between the NGO and legal sectors; and to learn how to best leverage technology platforms without compromising client support or confidentiality.
She will receive a grant of $HK150,000, to fund a research trip that will allow her to observe best practice in a number of global cities, including Alabama, Bangkok, London, Melbourne, New York, Singapore and Sydney.
The access to justice gap for PathFinders’ clients is acute, as evidenced by our burgeoning access to justice and legal case loads. The Fellowship is a timely and very welcome development. It will enable us to benchmark world class access to justice models, and to learn how best to bridge the gaps without needing to start from scratch. It is good for PathFinders’ clients and ultimately also good for Hong Kong,” said McArdle.
Ben Way, Chair of the Macquarie Group Foundation Committee in Hong Kong, said: On behalf of the committee and our judges in Hong Kong, we are impressed with the high calibre of submissions received this year and I would like to commend all the organisations and individuals who submitted a great range of nominations.â€
I personally congratulate PathFinders and Kay McArdle, as well as all our outstanding finalists for their commitment to continuing to develop innovative programs that address social needs and long-term community problems. We particularly liked Kay’s focus on collaborating with other organisations within Hong Kong.
The David Clarke Social Innovation Fellowship, established in 2012 in memory of the Macquarie Group Foundation founding Chairman, David Clarke AO, seeks to encourage individual social innovators to visit and research best practice innovation around the world. The Fellowship is presented biennially and since it was established, the Macquarie Group Foundation has awarded 10 David Clarke Social Innovation Fellowships to non-profit CEOs in Australia, Hong Kong the UK and selected cities in the US.
Lindsay Ernst of the University of Hong Kong in action delivering ‘Street Law’ training with students, lawyers and civil society representatives.
Over the next few months, students will provide critical ‘Street Law’ education to vulnerable mothers and other communities in Hong Kong.
We are delighted to be partners in this collaborative community initiative of the Clinical Legal Education Programme at the Centre for Comparative and Public Law, University of Hong Kong.
We are seeking energetic and confident individuals to volunteer for our biggest annual fundraising event – PathFinders’ Anniversary Dinner.
WHAT: A lively event with more than 150 top business and civic leaders in attendance. Last year, it raised HK $2.6 million to enable PathFinders to transform lives.
WHEN: 19th November, 2016
WHY: A fun and rewarding volunteer experience, benefitting hundreds of the most vulnerable babies and children born in Hong Kong.
WHO: Ideally you will be comfortable in a client facing role and confident conversing in English.
Food,refreshments and travel reimbursement will be provided for volunteers.
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