We believe every child deserves a fair start in life.
PathFinders ensures the most vulnerable and unsupported children in Hong Kong (HK) are protected and respected, and their migrant mothers – predominantly current or former Foreign Domestic Workers (FDWs) – are empowered to find a path to a bright future.
The journey began in 2007 when co-founders Kylie Uebergang and Melissa Mowbray-d’Arbela discovered two babies and their migrant mothers living in Chungking Mansions in extreme poverty and danger. Realising a gap in society where babies born in HK go undocumented and unprotected, PathFinders was founded on the belief that no child should be born alone and deprived of medical support, shelter and identity. Having now served more than 6,400 babies, children and women, PathFinders is a respected charity committed to supporting the welfare of children by providing protection, shelter, food, health, education and legal support.
Hong Kong currently employs 390,000 FDWs, with the number forecast to rise to 600,000 to help us care for our rapidly aging population. Many FDWs are women of child bearing age who lack reproductive health knowledge. PathFinders therefore adopts an educational and preventative approach towards ensuring every pregnancy is considered and planned to enable a clear and stable path for the child’s future.
Five years ago the PathFinders team also initiated dialogue with the HKSAR Government and other key local and international stakeholders with a view to influence systemic and policy change. We take part in public consultations and make submissions to the United Nations and HKSAR Legislative Council with the desire to bring about institutional change to policies and practices that either actively exclude or omit to protect the children and mothers we serve.
We are convinced with imagination, cooperation and a commitment to strengthening protections for the children we serve, practical and affordable solutions can be found. Our ambition by 2030 is that PathFinders is no longer needed – that all children born in HK receive a fair start in life. We want the issues we handle to be normalised and catered for within HK’s public social welfare and healthcare systems, and for every pregnant FDW to be able to maintain their employment, ensuring access to public services and 10 weeks of maternity leave, allowing them to establish a stable and sustainable future for their child before returning to work.
Non-judgmental, Respectful, Passionate, Courageous, Empathetic, Discreet, Collaborative