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.
Netra's mother, Carlin, had been unlawfully terminated from her job in Hong Kong when she became pregnant. Out on the streets and without an income or support network, Carlin became mentally unwell and lived out of sight for many years.
When Carlin came to PathFinders, we helped her to submit a paternity claim and re-register Netra’s father, a Hong Kong Permanent Resident, on her birth certificate.
After a 9 month long process, Netra received her HKID and Permanent Resident status. She was then able to access the healthcare and education she was entitled to. Having faced so many hurdles, PathFinders is thrilled to report that Netra is now healthy and well and attending school - meeting friends, playing with peers and receiving an education!