Beers for Books 3 Yr Anniversary “Raise the Bar for 100 Girls”

30 May


Join John Wood, Founder of Room to Read, to celebrate the 3rd anniversary of Beers for Books and support their Girls’ Education Program.

To date, Room to Read has helped over 38,000 girls across nine countries to continue their education. By the end of 2017, Room to Read is aiming to reach 50,000 girls! On Thursday, 16 June Room to Read needs your help to move closer towards this milestone – join Room to Read to raise funds to enable 100 more girls to have access to education.

To celebrate the 3rd anniversary Room to Read is holding the BIGGEST ever Beers for Books raffle prize draw! They have amazing prizes to be won on the night thanks to dedicated sponsors: Dining Concepts, Four Seasons, Linguini Fini, Sotheby’s Wine, Island Shangri-La, S Nine by Susanna Soo, Ruinart, Otterbox…& many more!

Date: Thursday, 16 June 2016

Time: 6:00pm – 9:00pm

Location: Lupa, LHT Tower, 31 Queen’s Road, Central

EARLY-BIRD TICKET: $300 | AT THE DOOR: $400 (Includes 2 drinks & canapes)
Drinks kindly sponsored by Peroni and Veuve Clicquot

Click here to purchase an Early-Bird ticket

About Room to Read: Room to Read envisions a world in which all children can pursue a quality education, reach their full potential and contribute to their community and the world.

To achieve this goal, Room to Read focuses on two areas where they believe Room to Read can have the greatest impact: literacy and gender equality in education. Room to Read works in collaboration with communities and local governments across Asia and Africa to develop literacy skills and a habit of reading among primary school children, and support girls to complete secondary school with the life skills they’ll need Room to Readto succeed in school and beyond by building and stocking libraries, building bright ventilated classrooms, publishing books in the local language, training educators and providing one-on-one support to teachers, and supporting girls to stay in school by providing material support—such as school fees, clean uniforms or transportation, in addition to mentoring and life skills training to help girls succeed in the classroom and beyond.

For more information please visit their website.

Justice Centre Hong Kong

24 May

justice centreJustice Centre Hong Kong is a non-profit human rights organisation working fearlessly to protect the rights of Hong Kong’s most vulnerable forced migrants: refugees, other people seeking protection, survivors of torture, human trafficking and forced labour.

Launched in 2014, Justice Centre Hong Kong was formerly Hong Kong Refugee Advice Centre, which over seven years, helped more than 2,000 refugee men, women and children on the road to a new life.

Building on their expertise in refugee issues, they identified a clear need for an increased response to tackling forced labour and human trafficking in Hong Kong, and expanded their remit to fill this gap.

Justice Centre Hong Kong advocates with and for forced migrants, bringing their voices into the public debate. They campaign for legislative and policy change, conduct research and work with the media and civil society to fight root causes and change systems and minds.

Justice Centre Hong KongAt their centre in Sai Ying Pun, people seeking protection in Hong Kong receive free and independent legal information and specialised legal and psychosocial assistance.

Justice Centre Hong Kong receives no government funding. Instead, they have spearheaded an innovative pro-bono working model that sees leading international law firms provide financial assistance and donate hours to help with legal research and support. They also harness funding from a variety of trusts and foundations and through individual donations.

How you can help:

There are numerous opportunities to volunteer with Justice Centre Hong Kong from protection claimant services and research to fundraising and events, design & communications. Justice Centre Hong Kong recruits committed and passionate individuals according to their current needs. Most volunteer opportunities require a long-term commitment (usually six months) and the right to work in Hong Kong. Justice Centre Hong Kong advertise volunteer opportunities on their website and in their quarterly e-newsletter; sign up for updates here.

Development Associate
This is an exciting volunteer opportunity to join their Fundraising and Development team in raising vital funds for our direct services and advocacy work to protect the rights of refugees, other people seeking protection, survivors of torture, human trafficking and forced labour.

This is an ideal role for someone seeking a part-time opportunity to use their skills in PR/marketing/fundraising/business development, and will suit some-one who is passionate about leveraging their knowledge and connections to create long-lasting partnerships to secure funding and support for the work of Justice Centre Hong Kong. For more details of the scope of the role, please click here.

The role requires a commitment of 3 days per week for six months. To apply, please email your CV and cover letter to jobs@justicecentre.org.hk by 5pm on Friday June 10. Applicants invited for interview will be contacted by Tuesday June 14. Unfortunately, due to the high level of interest in their organisation, Justice Centre Hong Kong is only able to reply to shortlisted applicants.

Click here to find out about their other vacancies.

Young Advocates Programme
The Young Advocates Programme (YAP) is a unique programme for high school students to gain hands-on experience in a human rights setting, with coaching by Justice Centre Hong Kong staff and an opportunity to develop the skills and experience they need as they start the process of applying for university courses.

Building on their extensive experience leading practical clinic programmes to mentor university students, YAP was launched four years ago to extend this valuable mentorship to a select group of high school students in order to build up the future generation of human rights advocates.

Through the intensive programme, Young Advocates get involved in all areas of Justice Centre Hong Kong’s work, from the provision of legal and psychosocial support to refugees, to anti-human trafficking research and advocacy. Places are limited to two places per programme in order to enable them to offer a tailored programme to each Young Advocate and for their staff to dedicate time to mentoring and coaching them.

Who can apply?
YAP is open to select students who have Hong Kong residency and are aged between 15 – 18 years old. Young Advocates should have a keen interest in human rights law, NGO management and refugee rights. The programme is aimed at students interested in a career in law, human rights, government, social policy, or NGO management generally.

How do I apply?
Applications for YAP are now closed for the summer 2016 programme. Details of the Summer 2017 will be available in December 2016. Please contact Zamira Monteiro at zamira@justicecentre.org.hk for enquiries.

Habitat for Humanity’s Global Village

20 May

habitat for humanity 2
Global Village is Habitat for Humanity’s principal overseas volunteer program. Global Village offers volunteers the opportunity to take part in the “hands-on” construction or renovation of houses in some 40 countries around the world. Volunteers are able to participate by building or repairing houses for those whose homes have been affected by natural disasters such as floods and earthquakes. Not only does Habitat for Humanity want to build a safe and secure shelter, but more so to build a home and build hope in their lives. They want to empower beneficiary families to mutually help one another.

Teams of 8 to 20 volunteers will travel to their chosen host country to experience what it is like to live with minimal resources, understand their needs and become part of their host’s community. Global Village trips typically last five days to two weeks. Through the Global Village trip, volunteers are able to build a strong bond with their team and build lasting friendships with fellow team members as well as Habitat homeowner families.

habitat for humanity 1Global Village Destinations
Bangladesh
Cambodia
China
Fiji
India
Indonesia
Malaysia
Nepal
New Zealand
The Philippines
Sri Lanka
Thailand
Vietnam
And many more…

Why Volunteer?
Volunteers are at the heart of Habitat for Humanity‘s vision. Every year, volunteers from across Hong Kong travel to support their partner programs around the world. They have the joy of touching the lives of families in need and grow from the experience themselves. Volunteers will:
BUILD Homes
BUILD Hope
RAISE funds to serve many around the globe
INSPIRE others to support our work

The needs of every community where they work are different, but the impacts of a safe, decent home are always the same. It is a foundation for families to break the cycle of poverty and bring about improvements in health, education and livelihoods.

i. Who can join?
Anyone can join to help make a difference! Participants need to be in good health and be over 15 years of age at the time of the Global Village build.

ii. What Skills Do I Need?
No building experience is required. Habitat provides on-the-ground training and everything that is needed for a safe and rewarding experience. All you need is a reasonable level of fitness, an open mind, a willingness to get your hands dirty. You will be working alongside local construction workers who will teach you the ropes and supervise the build.

iii. What kind of things will I do on a build?
Every trip is different. Your team may work on one or several houses or you may even build a toilet or well. The work will use local construction techniques. You could be mixing concrete, weaving bamboo, digging foundations, laying bricks, hammering, rendering or painting. There is something for everyone to contribute!

iv. How long does a build last?
Builds typically run for one week, from Saturday to Saturday and includes time for rest, relaxation and exploring the country.

v. Where will I stay?
Where you will stay will vary depending on your destination. It may be in a modest hotel or hostel. The team will stay together and often be accommodated on a twin share basis. The Habitat team will provide daily travel to the build site.

vi. Where are builds located?
Build sites are often semi-rural or rural locations and off the tourist track, often in a village community.

vii. What insurance do Global Village participants have?
Global Village participants are covered by Habitat for Humanity International Global Village’s travel medical insurance providedby ACE Insurance (premium already included in trip cost). It is a policy specially designed for Habitat’s Global Village where claimants derived from activities listed on the itinerary will be covered.

viii. Help and Support
Habitat for Humanity Hong Kong, their trained team leaders and their in-country partners will support and look after you from registration to building. Before you leave Habitat will equip you with all the information and resources for the Global Village trip. Once you arrive in country, you will meet your host at the airport and transported to your accommodation. The team will receive an orientation and daily briefings will be conducted by Habitat staff.

ix. Estimated Trip cost
GV trip costs depend on the country visited and the number of trip days. All trip costs include room and board, in-country transportation, travel insurance and a donation toward the Habitat host community’s building projects and the Global Village program. Trip costs are approximately US$890– US$1,360depending on the destination and length. Airfare, cancellation insurance and baggage fees are not included in the cost. Please make an enquiry by email to volunteer@habitat.org.hkfor more details.

x. How to Apply?
To apply, you may send an enquiry by email to volunteer@habitat.org.hkto enquire about destination and minimum team size.

xi. Can I fundraise for my Global Village trip?
Yes. In fact, many of Habitat‘s participants have successfully raised funds to support part or the entire trip cost. Fundraising in your community is an exciting way to promote awareness of the need for decent, affordable housing in many parts of the world. Contact Habitat at volunteer@habitat.org.hk for more information.

About Habitat for Humanity China: Founded by Millard Fuller and his wife Linda in 1976, Habitat for Humanity International (HFHI) is a non-profit Christian housing organization with a mission to eliminate poverty housing worldwide by building simple, decent houses with the help of the homeowner families themselves and volunteers.

Habitat for Humanity builds for people of all backgrounds, races and religions to provide needy families with a simple and decent place to live in.

To date, Habitat for Humanity has built more than 400,000 houses, for more than 2,000,000 people in more than 3,000 communities in North America, Latin America and the Caribbean, Africa, Europe, and throughout the Asia-Pacific region.

Habitat for Humanity China’s Hong Kong office focuses on fundraising and recruiting volunteers. Donations are allocated to Habitat housing programs in mainland China and disaster response efforts around the world such as the earthquakes in Haiti and Chile.

Harmony House

14 May

harmony house 2Harmony House is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing preventive, remedial and developmental programs and services for individuals, families and communities affected by, or at risk of domestic violence.

Since their establishment in 1985 as the first shelter for abused women and their children in Hong Kong, they have developed into a one-stop anti-domestic violence service agency, with 2 additional service centres located in Kwun Tong and Kwai Tsing.

On top of their women, men and children hotline, they also provide counselling and therapeutic services for victims, batterers and children witnessing domestic violence through case and group interventions.

They reach out to identify at risk families via screening and provide follow-up support. At the community level, they offer school-based educational programs on emotions and dating violence prevention.

Community education programs and parenting skills training are also provided to the public to promote harmonious and healthy family relations.

They provide training to multi-disciplinary professionals and advocate for policies and legislations on behalf of victims of violence, their families and communities.

*Harmony House serves all ethnic groups and people of difference sexual orientations, religions, or other backgrounds

Harmony-House-lideHow you can help: As a volunteer, you can be part of one of the most proactively altruistic organisations in the city. For more information on volunteering, please visit their website.

Habitat for Humanity’s Vietnam Big Build 2016

10 May

habitat for humanity 3Marking World Habitat Day in October 2016, international volunteers will work together with low-income families in Phu Tho province, Vietnam to improve their lives through the Vietnam Big Build. During the weeklong build from October 3 to 7, Habitat for Humanity aims to build 30 houses and recruit at least 300 international volunteers in Phu Tho. Durable materials such as sun-dried bricks, and concrete and tiles will be used.

Build Date: 1-8 October 2016 (Tentative itinerary)

Build Site: Phu Tho Province, Hanoi, Vietnam

Age Requirement: 18 or above

Registration: Please complete the VBB 2016 Volunteer Application Form – HK and send it to email anson.wong@habitat.org.hk

Application Deadline: 15 June, 2016

Program fee: USD1,965 / HKD 15,327 (Flight tickets between your home country and Vietnam are not covered)
Get your Global Village-Sponsorship Form to fundraise for your journey!

Vietnam Visa Process
Vietnam_RainbowVillage2008-686x1024Visa regulations governing volunteer engagement with NGOs in Vietnam are quite specific and include several different government offices. Therefore, it is important for all visitors and volunteers who would like to take part in HFHV’s programs to follow the below guidelines for obtaining the appropriate visa which must be processed through HFHV and PACCOM (The People’s Aid Coordinating Committee who manages NGOs in Vietnam).
A. General Requirements from Vietnamese Immigration Department

1. Visa Type: NN3 is compulsory (tourist visa – DL is not allowed) NN3 – issued to people who come to work with foreign non-governmental organizations, representative offices, branches of foreign traders, representative offices of other foreign economic, cultural, professional organizations in Vietnam
2. Valid: 1 month
3. Entry: single entry
4. Location: Visa should be obtained prior to departure at the nearest Vietnam Embassy or Consulate.
5. List of visa exemption: http://www.chinhphu.vn/portal/page/portal/English/visa-procedure
B. Overview of HFHV’s process with the Vietnam authorities

1. HFHV must first seek approval from the local authorities in the location of the volunteer build.
2. This approval requires HFHV to submit volunteer details including copies of passports all together. Therefore, if some volunteers are traveling earlier, the visa process must be started earlier in order to be completed for their entry date to Vietnam.
3. The local authorities will provide an approval letter to PACCOM who will then submit to the immigration office.
4. Once processed, the immigration office will provide an official letter to HFHV that will support the NN3 visa request which we will then send to the Sending Coordinator/Team Leader.
5. With this letter, volunteers can submit their visa application to their local Vietnam Embassy.

About Habitat for Humanity China: Founded by Millard Fuller and his wife Linda in 1976, Habitat for Humanity International (HFHI) is a non-profit Christian housing organization with a mission to eliminate poverty housing worldwide by building simple, decent houses with the help of the homeowner families themselves and volunteers.

Habitat for Humanity builds for people of all backgrounds, races and religions to provide needy families with a simple and decent place to live in.

To date, Habitat for Humanity has built more than 400,000 houses, for more than 2,000,000 people in more than 3,000 communities in North America, Latin America and the Caribbean, Africa, Europe, and throughout the Asia-Pacific region.

Habitat for Humanity China’s Hong Kong office focuses on fundraising and recruiting volunteers. Donations are allocated to Habitat housing programs in mainland China and disaster response efforts around the world such as the earthquakes in Haiti and Chile.

Room to Read Battle of the Brains Movie Quiz

2 May

Join Room to Read for their third Room to Read Hong Kong Chapter Students Helping Students Battle of the Brains pub quiz. The quiz has a movies theme. This will a great night with lots of fun! Tickets have sold out in the previous quizzes so please get your tickets early to save disappointment!

rtr pub quizTickets are available individually or put a team together and join Room to Read to raise funds for their Literacy programs & Girls’ Education Program. All of the money raised will support their work in 10 low income countries in Asia and Africa.

There will be fabulous raffle prizes to be won – all donated by various generous sponsors!

The Trafalgar will be offering Happy Hour until 9pm! The doors open at 6:30pm and the quiz starts at 7:30pm.

Date: Wednesday, 11th May 2016

Time: 7:00pm-9:30pm

Location: Trafalgar, The Broadway, 5/F, 55-62 Lockhart Road, Wanchai

Cost: TICKETS – $150 per person

Table: RSVP table of 6 to Ali.hodgson@hotmail.co.uk

To register follow this link.

Any questions please contact Jodi.Ann.Mullen@outlook.com or Ali.hodgson@hotmail.co.uk.

About Room to Read: Room to Read envisions a world in which all children can pursue a quality education, reach their full potential and contribute to their community and the world.

To achieve this goal, Room to Read focuses on two areas where they believe Room to Read can have the greatest impact: literacy and gender equality in education. Room to Read works in collaboration with communities and local governments across Asia and Africa to develop literacy skills and a habit of reading among primary school children, and support girls to complete secondary school with the life skills they’ll need Room to Readto succeed in school and beyond by building and stocking libraries, building bright ventilated classrooms, publishing books in the local language, training educators and providing one-on-one support to teachers, and supporting girls to stay in school by providing material support—such as school fees, clean uniforms or transportation, in addition to mentoring and life skills training to help girls succeed in the classroom and beyond.

For more information please visit their website.

Kadoorie Farm – Food Waste Recovery Workshop

29 Apr

There is a growing volume of waste generation in Hong Kong and public concern on related issues is escalating. Given food waste is the major constituent of municipal solid waste in Hong Kong, both its reduction and recovery are important in addressing the overall challenges of waste management. This course will guide participants to learn different technologies for recovering household food waste to planting resource, as well as exploring ways to reduce food waste at sources.

kadoorie farn plant and soilContent
– The principles of compost-making and application;
– Identifying food waste that is suitable for compost-making;
– An introduction of different methods for recovering household food waste, which include compost-bin design, bokashi composting, garbage enzyme making and criteria for selecting composting machines;
– Application of food waste compost and garbage enzyme; and
– Ways to reduce food waste at source

Target Group: Age 18 or above.
This course is suitable for people who are interested in learning more about organic resources recovery.

Language: Cantonese

Date: Saturday, 9 July 2016

Time: 9:00am – 4:30pm

Location: Kadoorie Farm and Botanic Garden – Lam Kam Road, Tai Po, N.T.

Cost: $400
To apply, please follow this link.
Participants can apply scholarship. Please see Chinese version.

About The Kadoorie Farm: The Farm was established in 1956 to provide agricultural aid to farmers in need of support to help them lead independent lives. Today, reflecting the changing times, KFBG plays an active role in promoting the conservation of biodiversity in Hong Kong and South China, allied with sustainable agriculture and creative nature education.

Their Mission: To harmonise our relationship with the environment.

Their Vision: A world in which people live sustainably with respect for each other and nature.

Their Values:
Sustainable Living
Appreciating the impact of our actions with regard to current and future generations.
Having awareness of our connection with the environment.
Valuing simple and responsible lifestyles.

Justice
Being fair and accountable. Valuing socially equitable systems that protect
the health of the planet, the people and their way of life.
Protect future generations.

Love
Having self-awareness and understanding of the inter-relationship of all things.
Having compassion and respect for all life. Recognising that outer discord
is a reflection of inner discord. Striving for inner silence.

Participation
Engaging mentally, physically, emotionally and spiritually;
fostering respect for different viewpoints, openness, dialogue and teamwork.

Professionalism
Being a role model of caring, integrity, commitment, professional standards and
best practices for partners, organisations, individuals and communities.

Learning
Being adaptive and flexible to changing circumstances. Having a holistic outlook.
Being practical, objective, creative and insightful.

Happiness
Appreciating that our happiness lies in creating and sharing happiness with others.

homegrown_kadoorieVolunteering: Kadoorie Farm and Botanic Garden’s (KFBG) conservation objectives are to help protect Hong Kong and Mainland China’s biodiversity while motivating people to act to care for our natural environment. If you are interested in devoting some time to environmental education and conservation, or, helping KFBG in various types of education programmes and to, generally assist with outdoor work in KFBG, please check out their volunteer page.

Or go and check it out for yourself. With an entrance fee of only $30 and a shop selling organic fruit and vegetables and eggs from their own farm, Kadoorie Farm and Botanic Garden is well worth a visit.

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