Bridging the Gap
We believe all children deserve a fair start in life.
PathFinders ensures the most vulnerable and unsupported children in Hong Kong are protected and respected, and their Foreign Domestic Worker (FDW) mothers are empowered to find a path to a brighter future.
The journey began in 2007 when co-founders Kylie Uebergang and Melissa Mowbray-d’Arbela rescued four babies born to migrant women in Hong Kong. Identifying a gap in Hong Kong society where women and babies go undocumented and unprotected, PathFinders was founded to bridge the gap on the belief that no child should be born alone and deprived of medical support, shelter and identity. Having served almost 7,000 babies, children and women, PathFinders is a respected charity committed to supporting the welfare of children by providing child protection, counselling, 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 ageing 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, thereby enabling a clear, stable and brighter future path is established for every child.
However, without systemic and policy change we know the problems PathFinders tackles will likely esculate with the number of FDWs employed in Hong Kong. To influence change, we engage with the HKSAR Government Departments, Consulates, United Nations agencies, academics and key local and international stakeholders to ensure policies and practices do not actively exclude or omit to protect children and mothers we serve.
We believe with imagination, cooperation and a commitment to strengthening protections for these children, practical and affordable solutions can be found.