PathFinders’ Annual Report is released! 2016 was PathFinders’ busiest year ever – we supported 900 new babies and women. We have now helped over 4,800 of Hong Kong’s most vulnerable people. The babies’ mothers are typically current or former foreign domestic workers and almost 90% of their fathers are in Hong Kong. We could not do our work without significant support. Thank you for
The global partnership brings together governments, foundations, the UN, civil society, the academia, the private sector and young people in driving action toward achieving the new Sustainable Development Goals’ target to end abuse, exploitation, trafficking and all forms of violence and torture against children. PathFinders is now part of this significant initiative. Learn more here.
TIME Magazine published an in-depth story about the people PathFinders helps every day – ethnic minority, migrant women and their Hong Kong-born children who barely survive in a legal, health care, welfare and immigration void here in Hong Kong. The piece is called: Living Without an Identity: The ‘Heartbreaking’ Plight of Undocumented Children in Hong Kong. It captures well the situation facing the women
The fabulous Poh Lee Tan has retired as an executive board director of PathFinders and joins our board members emeritus. Poh Lee’s retirement will allow her to focus more on helping the vulnerable elderly through the charity she founded, Mighty Oaks Foundation. PathFinders is grateful to Poh Lee for her steadfast advice and kindness and wishes her well at Mighty Oaks Foundation. Read here
PathFinders are honoured and humbled to receive a prestigious humanitarian certificate from the Indonesian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, at a ceremony held this week. PathFinders were a nominee of the ‘Hassan Wirajuda Award for Civil Society’, given for protection of Indonesian citizens abroad. The certificate of appreciation represents the steadfast efforts of PathFinders current and former volunteers, staff, board and co-founders to ensure that
Vivian Yeung, law student at HKU and legal intern Why PathFinders? I’ve always felt a deep appreciation for the migrant workers who leave their own counties behind to help us out here in HK and without whom the city would not be anywhere near as vibrant as it is today. Yet there is not nearly enough support for these workers when they are at
Netra spent the first four years of her life living without an identity. She had never accessed social services, been to school or received identification. She did not exist. Her mother had been unlawfully terminated from her job when she became pregnant. After finding PathFinders, a social worker helped Netra’s mum to submit a paternity claim and re-register her father, a Hong Kong Permanent
Is increasing your knowledge and understanding one of your new year’s resolutions? Read about PathFinders’ work, and the legal and policy landscape giving rise to the extraordinary, and often heartbreaking, lives of the babies, children and women PathFinders serves. These publications were written by PathFinders’ team (Kay McArdle, Luna Chan and Jenny McAlpine) and Professor Hans J. Ladegaard at The Hong Kong Polytechnic University.
The Macquarie Group Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Macquarie Group, has selected PathFinders CEO Kay McArdle as the 2016 Hong Kong winner of the David Clarke Social Innovation Fellowship. 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
‘Between a Rock and a Hard Place’, a short documentary film and report by the Progressive Labor Union of Domestic Workers and Hong Kong Federation of Asian Domestic Workers Unions documents the illegal activities of employment agencies in Hong Kong. The film features secret recordings made in agencies in our city. Many workers have little choice but to pay these exorbitant fees and are