PathFinders is the only NGO in Hong Kong dedicated to supporting the unique vulnerabilities of children born to migrant mothers.
The PathFinders 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 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.
Hong Kong currently employs 340,000 Migrant Domestic Workers (MDW), with the number forecast to rise to 600,000 to help us care for our rapidly ageing population. More than 80% of MDWs are women of childbearing age, some of whom lack reproductive health knowledge. PathFinders therefore adopts an educational and preventive approach towards ensuring every pregnancy is considered and planned, thereby enabling a clear, stable and brighter path is established for every child.
However, without systemic and policy change, the problems PathFinders tackles will likely escalate with the number of MDWs employed in Hong Kong expected to increase. To influence change, PathFinders engages 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 it serves.
Find out more on PathFinders’ 2021 Impact Report