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A proud celebration amidst a shameful reality

HONG KONG (SE): Bethune was an eight-and-a-half-year-old girl in 1986 when she was hit by a taxi in Kowloon Tong. The daughter of Cynthia and Jun Abdon-Tellez was dead upon arrival at hospital.

In the same year the Bethune House Migrant Women’s Refuge opened its doors on September 21 and the board chose to name the shelter after their daughter—Cynthia Abdon-Tellez is today the general manager of the Mission for Migrant Workers which sponsors the project.

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From migrant shelter to the United Nations

HONG KONG (SE): Sixteen years ago, Eni Lestari was a lost and bewildered soul taking shelter in a migrant worker refuge in Hong Kong from an abusive employer.

But in those short 16 years, her life journey has taken her from the Bethune House Migrant Women’s Refuge to stand on the podium at the United Nations in New York and present a contract migrant worker’s perspective on life to representatives of 193 nations.

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