A visiting Australian friend and I were among the small group of CLSA Hong Kong volunteers who gave up a Saturday morning to participate in a community outreach activity for PathFinders, a charity that supports vulnerable children and migrant mothers in Hong Kong.
The CLSA Chairman’s Trust supports two Pathfinders shelters for migrant women; one for those who are pregnant and require a refuge while considering adopting out their un-born child, and a second shelter for new mothers. In many instances, the women are unemployed and homeless, making them highly vulnerable to abuse and/or child traffickers. The two Pathfinders shelters can collectively house up to seven women at any one time, providing a safe place for the women to live safely while rebuilding their lives.
CLSA volunteers were tasked with beautifying the apartments to make them more welcoming, cosier and relaxing. The teams embarked on their mission wish gusto, completing the task by 11 am, so with great enthusiasm and energy, we decided to mix more paint and take our brushes to additional walls in the apartments! Nothing beats a bright shiny new apartment for instant gratification of one’s efforts.