Success Stories

International Women’s Day – Access to Healthcare

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Your support matters: thank you!

On International Women’s Day, we are celebrating all the men and women helping women and families at PathFinders Hong Kong!

Before coming to PathFinders, first-time mum Jacki and newborn baby Jon had no access to health services in Hong Kong. With our midwife Hanna’s help, Jon and his mum have now received full post-natal care and been referred to medical professionals for check-ups.

International Women’s Day – Baby Callum

PathFinders helping baby callum

Your support matters: thank you!

On International Women’s Day, we are celebrating all the men and women helping women and families at PathFinders Hong Kong!

Baby Callum has now been referred to our Access to Healthcare program and obtained medical advice and a moisture cream to ensure that he remains a smiling, healthy baby.

#IWD2016 #pathfindersHK

(For privacy, names have been changed)

International Women’s Day – Mum Sumi

PathFinders helping mothers

Your support matters: thank you!

On International Women’s Day, we are celebrating all the men and women helping women and families at PathFinders Hong Kong!

Mum Sumi secured a birth certificate for baby Callum with social worker Vanessa’s guidance and assistance. With his new identity, Callum will be able to apply for a passport, receive child immunizations and go to school in the future.

Fulfilling every child’s potential

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The Immigration Department has released information about 3 siblings aged between 17 and 19 who have been living in Hong Kong undocumented and without ever attending school or accessing a public hospital. These are the most delayed birth registrations ever in Hong Kong. Every year, PathFinders manages several cases of older children living without a birth certificate. Continue reading

Having the Choice

13 weeks pregnant. No new employment contract. Ineligible to receive medical care in Hong Kong. Nyalla was left with little choice as her family also informed her that she was unwelcome to return home to Indonesia with an out-of-wedlock child.

Through the help of PathFinders’ Home Country Integration Programme*, we arranged and facilitated her safe travel to Ruth Ministry (an NGO) in Bandung, Indonesia, where she’s receiving shelter, access to prenatal care, further counseling and support about her parental options. PathFinders will continue to provide her with financial assistance for the duration of her pregnancy.

Outcome: Nyalla has chosen adoption for her child, after which she plans to return to Hong Kong as a domestic worker. PathFinders will be part of Nyalla and her child’s journey until the child becomes legally adopted in Indonesia. We will be by her side to ensure her and her child are set up for a sustainable future.

*The Home Country Integration Programme is kindly sponsored by Noble Group

Emerging from the Shadows

Sita was six months pregnant when she began to experience abdominal pains and bleeding. Worried something was wrong with her baby, she became frantic. A former domestic helper who had overstayed her visa, Sita was hiding from authorities and didn’t know what she could do to save her baby. She reached out to PathFinders…PathFinders met with Sita and learned that she began to work as a foreign domestic helper in Hong Kong soon after finishing middle school, sending nearly her entire salary back to Indonesia to support her family. After six years of work she decided not to renew her contract because she could earn two times her domestic worker salary working in a restaurant. Overstaying her visa, she worked as a cook at a local restaurant, where she met her boyfriend, a Hong Kong resident. She became pregnant and goes into hiding until an emergency arises and Sita has no other choice but to look for help.

After PathFinders helped Sita to access emergency medical care, our caseworker sat down with Sita and her boyfriend to discuss resolving Sita’s immigration issue and their future plans. Sita and her boyfriend decide for her to give birth in Hong Kong and to get married.

PathFinders accompanied Sita to the Immigration Department to surrender and become recognised, as a starting point. At her court hearing, Sita was sentenced to two months for overstaying for over two years, but the sentence was suspended in consideration of the fact that she had surrendered and her pregnancy. That summer Sita got married and her baby was born soon after, gaining Hong Kong residency by virtue of his father’s residency status. PathFinders helped Sita and her husband to navigate the complex immigration regulations for her to obtain dependent status and residency, a procedure that took over a year. Now, feeling extremely fortunate and planning to return to work when her child reaches school age, Sita is happily and legally residing in Hong Kong with her husband and child.

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Confidence through Information

Maria worked in Hong Kong for seven years to support her widowed mother and younger sisters back in the Philippines. Having given up so much for her family, when she became pregnant she was elated that her dream of being a mother was about to come true. Her excitement is short-lived once her partner abandoned her and reality set in: her pregnancy may jeopardize her employment and means of supporting her family. Having heard about PathFinders from a friend Maria picks up the phone…A PathFinders caseworker meets with Maria soon after her call, providing emotional support and working through Maria’s options with her. PathFinders educates Maria about her maternity rights and discusses childcare plans for her unborn child. With PathFinders’ support and assistance, Maria gained the confidence to reach out to her employer to discuss her pregnancy. Maria’s employer granted her the maternity leave she was entitled and to Maria’s surprise, was willing to keep Maria as a domestic helper, even after her baby is born.With no family or support network here in Hong Kong, PathFinders helped Maria to arrange for her mother to come to Hong Kong during the final stages of her pregnancy. During the last weeks of her pregnancy and the first weeks after giving birth, Maria, emotionally and physically exhausted from being a new mother is grateful to have a loved one by her side. Maria and her mother stay at the PathFinders shelter and remain there after the baby is born through to the end of her maternity leave.With PathFinders helping with necessary documents and travel arrangements, Maria and her mother were able to return to the Philippines with the baby. Maria then returned to work for her employer.

Maria’s son remains in the Philippines, in the care of his loving grandmother and aunts.

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