e-Farm

26 Jun

e-Farm is a group of enthusiasts from different walks of life and of different ages with one common goal– doing something for our community and our environment. e-Farm practices organic farming with a target of making it environmentally, economically and socially sustainable.

e-Farm Goals
efarm 21. Offering safe and healthy vegetable produce
Farming requires skills to cope with natural threats but the practice of improving yield by using chemicals (fertilizers, pesticides, herbicides) causes environmental and health issues that harm the farming industry in the end. Organic farming follows the principles of nature and it sustains the environment.

2. Keeping organic farms thriving
e-Farm promotes environmentally friendly models of agriculture to attract more people to join the trade to keep organic farming thriving.

efarm 33. Preserving valuable knowledge of our ancestors
Farming is an old trade. The collective wisdom of our ancestors on farming is our invaluable asset and it is our job to preserve it and pass it on to our children.

4. Researching for new farming techniques
Through trials and errors, e-Farm has an improved the understanding of nature and have identified more effective farming techniques. e-Farm will learn more by researching further.

5. Sharing farm knowledge
Nowadays, organic farming is getting more popular and sharing among farmers is crucial to sustainability of the trade. e-Farm loves to share our farming techniques and experience with other farmers and those who are interested in organic farming.

efarm6. Educating laypeople and school children
Greenhouse effect, toxic fruits and vegetables, carbon footprints… there are a lot of environment issues that we, whether young or old, all need to work on together.

7. Maintaining a get-away destination for urban dwellers
Anyone who looks for a get-away destination can come to e-Farm’s quiet, peaceful and natural environment to relax.

What you can do:
Volunteer – Learning-by-doing, at the farm. Try your hand at caring for animals, growing veggies, engaging kids in the natural world. Volunteers receive training and guidance, and the chance to get their hands dirty!

Community Gardening – Let e-Farm be your backyard! e-Farm welcomes urban dwellers to come and grow produce on their farm- All you need to bring along is a pair of work boots, e-Farm will provide the rest: seeds, young plants, fertilizers, tools and guidance.

Bring the Kids – There is nothing more exciting than a child’s enthusiasm and wonder about the natural world. e-Farm wants to teach the next generation to love and respect the natural environment and believe the best way to learn is by getting involved.
e-Farm hopes you will bring your child to their farm to explore the plants, insects and animals – in the stream, field and forest.
Veggie exploration: See what kind of seasonal produce is being grown and learn to identify a variety of fruit, vegetables and herbs
Stream exploration: see frogs, fish, shrimps, etc. in their natural habitat
Forest exploration: Hike through the forest surroundings, spot butterflies, birds and other small creatures in their natural environment

You don’t need to live off the grid or grow your own crop in order to protect the environment. Simply do your bit to protect the environment and you can make big changes happen!

For more information, visit their Facebook page or contact e-Farm by sending them an email at efarmhk@gmail.com

The 2016 Sedan Chair Race

21 Jun

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If you like to run and dress up, this one is for you. The annual Sedan Chair Race is the main fundraising event of the Sedan Chair Charities Fund. The fund raised goes to support charitable organisations that are lesser known and have very limited resources to do fundraising themselves – none go to the Matilda International Hospital.

sedan chair race 2Event day itself is exciting and fun – teams set off at intervals and finish to a crowd of cheering and admiration. Live entertainment, games, fantastic bargains, and a wide array of food and drinks make for an enjoyable Bazaar for children and adults.

The Sedan Chair Charities Fund welcomes all companies, clubs, associations, charities and schools to enter a team for the Sedan Chair Race.

There are a variety of awards so whether you are a serious racing team or a fun one there is a prize for you to aim at, including fundraising awards which is the main purpose of the Race.
20121029-CNW-09_Superstar-Sedan-Chair-Race-for-CharityCategory I: The Fast/Timed Awards
Category II: The Fun/Judged Awards
Category III: The Fundraising Awards

Date: Sunday, 25 October 2015

Time: 10 – 11am

Place: Matilda International Hospital, The Peak, HK

For more information and to register, please visit their website.

A little background: In 1975 Nurse Joyce Smith created a competitive sedan chair race for charity as a means to showcase the location and facilities of the Matilda International Hospital. From this the Sedan Chair Charities Fund was established. Today the annual Sedan Chair Race is probably the most colourful fundraising event in Hong Kong’s annual charity calendar.

Their Mission: Their aim is to raise money for needy charities in Hong Kong mainly through their annual October Sedan Chair Race and Bazaar, supported by over 40 running teams and 3,000 visitors. They also organise various fund-raising activities to raise more money. The fund raised goes to support charitable organisations that generally do not receive assistance from the Hong Kong Community Chest, Hong Kong Jockey Club or the Government – none go to the Matilda International Hospital.

Cause Corps

18 Jun

In the busy modern world, finding time to commit to volunteer world is a challenge. Here’s a way to commit short periods of time and still do good.

Cause+Corps+How+We+WorkMeet Cause Corps. Cause Corps is for people who want to meet passionate volunteers, engage in fun activities whilst doing good via direct action. The micro-volunteering events Cause Corps runs include: environment, children, disaster response (such as Nepal), animals, the disadvantaged amongst our community, and more.

Cause Corps (pronounced Cause-CORR) partners with organisations such as PostPals UK, that sends postcards to sick children in hospitals; SOS Villages Da Nang, a Vietnamese orphanage in need of toys and clothes; and Journey Nepal, supporting babies, women and disaster recovery in Nepal.

Volunteering Opportunities
cause corps beaniesYou can contribute from home, or meet Cause Corps in cafes and public places to write, knit, plant, learn and teach together for a difference cause. In Hong Kong, Cause Corps’ activities are conducted via their Meetup page. Examples of volunteer initiatives organized in Hong Kong include:
Postcard writing sessions – creating colourful postcards for terminally ill children.
Letter writing gathering – creating letters of hope and inspiration for adults facing challenges worldwide
Painting for OAPs – creating artwork to send to local senior homes
Knitting beanies for babies in Nepal
For more information, please visit their Meetup page.

* Children are welcome, but must be accompanied by an adult (parent or guardian).

Join Cause Corps to take direct action on causes you care about. Meet passionate volunteers like yourself. Join Cause Corps to measure your impact; rate the volunteering organisations partnered with Cause Corps; and make volunteering a way of life.

In addition, Cause Corps is seeking committed Chapter Leads interesting in running micro-volunteering events in and around HK. Kirsty (Director, EU) from Sydney Cause Corps HQ will be here to tell you more about Cause Corps and what you can do to become a member of the Cause Corps family! This is a perfect opportunity for you to join the growing Cause Corps family, learn to run events at a time that suits you, and receive all the support and resources from Cause Corps!

Cause Corps will be running two information sessions Sunday 26th July and Sunday 3rd July.

Date: Sunday, 26 June

Time: 6:30 – 7:30pm

Place: Les Artistes Café, 1/F Man Hoi Building, No. 98-100 Electric Road, Tin Hau, Hong Kong Island, Hong Kong

Registration for this event is via their Meetup page.

If you can’t make this information session, there is another one scheduled for 3 July.

cause corps logoAbout Cause Corps : Cause Corps is a not-for-profit grassroots organisation aiming to make doing good a daily habit. In today’s time poor society, they hope to inspire a cultural change, where the world understands how simple volunteering can be when you micro-volunteer. Founded in Australia, Cause Corps run short in time, free micro-volunteering events around the world that allow volunteers to see a direct impact by working with local and international partner organisations.

Vision
Make doing good a daily habit

Who is Cause Coprs
Cause Corps is a not-for-profit, community driven startup. They marry tech and creative, community and digital, years of volunteering experience with youthful enthusiasm to make doing good a daily habit for everyone. Cause Corps believes in:
– In the power of passionate people volunteering for causes they care about
– In the power of technology to connect and enable positive
– In the purpose of great volunteer organisations to make a better world

Mission
Encourage the world to do a million acts of micro volunteering by:
Making volunteering as easy as possible
Providing proof of real impact
Rewarding volunteers in a meaningful way

For more information please visit their website
And their Meetup

The Women’s Foundation

13 Jun

twf 2The Women’s Foundation is a non-profit organisation dedicated to improving the lives of women and girls in Hong Kong.

The Women’s Foundation was established in 2004 after a group of like-minded women identified the need for an organisation that would provide a voice for women and girls in Hong Kong.

Their primary objective was to tackle the challenges and inequities that women and girls face across Hong Kong society; a greater likelihood of being poorer and lower paid, subject to domestic violence, subject to prejudice in many industries, and less likely to achieve senior positions in the workplace or in politics.

twfThe Women’s Foundation was thus launched, modeled on the best such organisations around the world and based on the following key principles: action based on empirical research, dedicated and diverse supporters committed to change, and the support of the private sector for funding and institutional support to engineer change.

Their work in Hong Kong includes: Challenging gender stereotypes, empowering women in poverty, and advancing women leaders.

What you can do to help
twf volunteer_0If you can contribute some time, expertise or other support to TWF and their endeavours, TWF would love to hear from you!

twf 3Current volunteer opportunities include:
Be An English Instructor
The Women’s Foundation is currently looking for volunteers to work with disadvantaged youth and marginalised women to practise and improve their spoken English.

Volunteers can either participate in our small group workshops at local schools mainly in Kwai Chung, Sham Shui Po and Tin Shui Wai on Saturdays or Sundays or provide one on one support at a date/time/venue to be agreed with TWF programme beneficiaries.

TWF is looking in particular for volunteers for whom English is their first language and who are enthusiastic about teaching and engaging with local marginalised groups. Teaching experience is preferred but is not essential.

Run A Skills Workshop
The Women’s Foundation is currently looking for volunteers to teach local disadvantaged youth different types of skills e.g. arts and crafts, cooking, guitar, photography, film-making and drama.

Volunteers should be experts in a specific skill, able to communicate in Cantonese, and who are enthusiastic about teaching and engaging with local marginalised groups. Teaching experience is preferred but is not essential.

Help with a TWF Event
TWF is always looking for enthusiastic volunteers to help with their busy calendar of events in particular their signature International Women’s Day Lunch and Annual Gala Dinner. Volunteers are welcome to work on any and all aspects of their events from event planning and logistics support, to being a TWF ambassador on the day.

Interested in becoming a volunteer? Please email volunteer@twfhk.org, or visit their website.

Internships
twf internTWF offers a limited number of internships every year to individuals with an interest in learning about gender issues in the local and global context and who are passionate about helping them further their mission at The Women’s Foundation. Internships with TWF are in high demand and places are limited.

Internships with TWF are unpaid. To apply, please send your CV and a cover letter outlining your interest in an internship to hr@twfhk.org

About The Women’s Foundation:

twf logoVision
The Women’s Foundation’s vision is a Hong Kong in which women and girls have the opportunity, support and resources to thrive and achieve their true potential

Mission
The Women’s Foundation exists to promote the full and equal participation of women and girls in all aspects of Hong Kong society, by engaging in research, programmes, education and advocacy to drive measurable change

Strategic Goals
To be a credible independent resource for expertise and objective research on women’s issues in Hong Kong

To create positive and measurable change for women’s economic self-reliance through the implementation of sustainable programmes and initiatives

To work with local NGOs, businesses, government, academics and media to identify areas for effective collaboration

To challenge gender stereotypes that are at the root cause of so many constraints that women face and impose on themselves

To increase institutional investment in, and the active implementation of, equal opportunities for women in the workplace

Child Welfare Scheme

11 Jun

cws 2As many of you know, Nepal is home to some of the most breathtaking views in the world. Yet, with this beauty comes immense contrasts – the mountains make life extremely difficult for 83% of the population. As a result of limited access to water, health care, schools and infrastructure, 55% of the population live below the poverty line, 41% of children are chronically malnourished, 1 in 17 children will never reach their 5th birthday, 45% will not complete primary school and 20% will never go to school (NDHS 2011 and Unicef 2012).

cwsBetween 1996 and 2006, Nepal went through over a decade of civil war and political turmoil, making life even more difficult for children who are left to fend for themselves. This long armed conflict has had an adverse impact on the economic and social conditions of the country which has allowed child labour to flourish. 40% of the child population may be classified as working children. Among these working children, 51% (1.6 million) are working as child labourers, with 600,000 involved in hazardous work. Children, especially girls, are also sexually exploited for commercial purposes, especially in prostitution and pornography (Nepal Child Labour, ILO and Central Bureau of Statistics Nepal Report, 2011). Unicef estimates that 5,000 children are working or living on the streets and more than 8,000 have been orphaned (State of the World Children, 2012).

Despite almost five decades of foreign aid, Nepal continues to be one of the poorest and least developed countries in the world, with more than half of its population living below the poverty line (less than US$ 2 a day) and with one of the lowest life expectancies in Asia.

Nepalis have now entered a new phase in the country’s history – politically and socially. However for the millions of Nepalis still living below the poverty line – the ones who were most exposed to exploitation and abuse during the conflict period – inequality, caste based discrimination, lack of basic services, are still widely prevalent (World Bank 2012).

Despite little arable land, almost 38 per cent of the population makes a living from agriculture, which is also the foundation of the Nepalese economy and contributes to 82 per cent of its exports. The second source of income is tourism -bringing international trekkers to the beautiful Himalayan mountains.

Establishing efficient and transparent governance and administration, developing basic infrastructure (electricity, health, services, and roads), accelerating economic development and eradicating poverty are still Nepal’s major development challenges. Year-long controversies among political parties on power-sharing have contributed to Nepal’s economic growth lagging far behind that of the booming economies of neighbouring countries (Unesco 2011).

In 2011
Nepal’s population:
– 55% of the population lives below the poverty line with only US$ 2 per day
– In 2011, Nepal was ranked 157th position out of 187 countries in the UNDP Human Development Index (HDI takes into account three indicators: educational attainment, health measured through life expectancy and income)
– 83% of the population lives in rural areas where electricity, phones, roads, clean water, or schools rarely exist

Nepal’s children:
– 5,000 of children are living or working in the streets
– 10,000 to 15,000 girls are estimated to being trafficked to India every year
– 41% of children are chronically malnourished
– 6 children out of 100 will die before their fifth birthday
– 42% of children aged 5 to 17 years work to supplement family income -20% in acceptable work, 12% in detrimental work and 8% in the worst forms of child labour
– 45% will not complete primary education
– 20% will never go to school

Nepal’s women:
– Only 35% of women delivered in a health facility
– 58% of women received antenatal care
– 68% of women living in rural areas gave birth without a skilled health provider
– 61% percent of employed women are not paid for their work at all
– 43% of women are literate (versus 70% for men)

Sources: NDHS 2011 and Unicef 2012

These figures demonstrate the real need to support children and young people in Nepal, who make up 40% of the population. They suffer from the effects of poverty including poor nutrition and healthcare, lack of access to education and training, and dangerous child labour practices and child marriage.

Girls and young women in Nepal are discriminated against and exploited, especially those from the lower castes. “In addition, women in Nepal are predominantly engaged in agriculture; few have skilled manual jobs, and women are much less likely than men to be engaged in the professional, technical, and managerial fields. Further, women lag behind men in educational attainment, literacy, and exposure to mass media, all of which are critical contributors to women’s empowerment, and exert considerable influence on the development of their personality and on strengthening women’s position in the household and in society” (NDHS 2011)

child-welfare-schemeThe Child Welfare Scheme is empowering the Nepalese people to change the lives of their most deprived children and women.

CWS and their partners work with children in the western region of Nepal, at present specifically in Kaski and Lamjung districts both in rural mountainous region and in the slum communities of Leknah and Pokhara.

How it all started – Douglas’ Story
“I was 28 when I left the Netherlands and had a life-changing experience in the mountains of Nepal. A distraught mother, desperate for help, handed me her sick baby girl who was just one year old. The girl died in my arms. That was the moment that changed my life, and Child Welfare Scheme began.

I was determined to help, and asked the villagers what they needed most. They needed a safe place for children to play while they worked in the field and access to free, basic health care. Together we developed the concept of Day Care Health Centres in the villages, and built the first two centres with my own savings. The charity ‘Child Welfare Scheme’ was officially established in 1997, and has continued to develop projects based on empowering communities and implementing projects at a local level.

Every year just gets more exciting as we expand and improve on the year before. Today, we are one of the most effective organizations in Nepal, using a minimal amount of resources to reach a maximum number of children with high quality programmes and projects which are now highly recognized. Saving a child’s life can often cost next to nothing, especially when you think how lavishly we sometimes spend on a typical Friday night out.

I love my work as it’s very honest and to the point, but moreover, a great thing to share with others and to get them involved. We are not a high profile organization, but we are making a high profile difference to thousands of children and young people each year by changing or saving their lives.

Let’s keep on doing it together!

Cheers, and my heartfelt thanks.
Douglas Maclagan

What you can do to help:
The Child Welfare Scheme is always looking for help to support their work!

Event Volunteers
The Child Welfare Scheme holds regular fundraising events in Hong Kong and are always looking for helping hands during the event or with its preparation! Have a look at their previous and upcoming events!
Please contact CWS if you would like to volunteer with CWS or have any questions!

Office Volunteers
CWS is always happy to hear from people with event planning, video editing, photography, film production, communication, marketing, or research skills!

If you are able to commit to helping us regularly, we also often need extra help for day-to-day tasks! Please email or call CWS!

Volunteering in Nepal
CWS is an organization working with vulnerable and disadvantaged children and women. They value above all else their beneficiaries’ safety and protection therefore CWS gratefully requests the below from their volunteers.

Requirements:
5 months commitment minimum
Specific skills and experience in a profession relating to one or several of their projects (social worker, nurse, doctor, child psychologist, early childhood education specialist)
Ability to work individually and collaboratively

Note: Please note that nearly all volunteering roles will involve working with their local permanent staff and not with the children directly. Candidates with prior convictions will not be considered. A background check may be carried out.

If you fit the criteria and would like more information about volunteering in Nepal please contact CWS or simply send your cover letter and CV to info@cwshk.org!

cwsAbout Child Welfare Scheme: CWS HK is a HK registered charity which was set up in 2003, initially to raise funds to support their partners in Nepal. CWS projects in Nepal are monitored by their dedicated team who work with local, grassroots NGOs to provide education, health care and social opportunities to children and their communities. Please visit their project page to learn more about what they do in Nepal.

Their Mission
To provide protection, education, health care and opportunities to disadvantaged children and their families.

Imagine That!

7 Jun

imagine thatImagine That! is a non-profit community arts festival that will take place in Hong Kong from 17-19th June in the lead up to World Refugee Day (20th June).

Show solidarity for the refugees in Hong Kong and abroad through the reclaiming of our public space and connecting the community through arts.

Arts has been the centre of the Refugee Art Movement’s workshops with refugees and asylum seekers. It has been a vehicle for frienship across barriers and now the Refugee Art Movement wants the same to happen beyond their workshops; in our city!

about a brideThere’s film, a poetry slam, art workshops, brunch, speed debating, much to do and learn from!

sense thatDate: 17 – 19 June 2016

Location: Various venues

To find out more, please visit their website

About The Refugee Art Movement: The Refugee Art Movement is a student led initiative that provides arts orientated workshops for refugees, asylum seekers and the wider community in Hong Kong. Started in Hong Kong by a group of students and staff at the University of Hong Kong in August 2015, they wanted to connect people from different socio-economic backgrounds and cultures to build long lasting friendships in Hong Kong.

The Refugee Art Movement uses art, drama, film, photography, music and more to encourage cultural exchange in this diverse city, mutual education and friendship.

In addition, the project aims to educate people about the realities faced by refugees and asylum seekers within Hong Kong and around the world.

The Refugee Art Movement knows from experience that there are so many people with a passion for arts, education and humanitarian issues and so they work to bring them together to use their skills for the benefit of our society. For more information about their work, please visit their Facebook page.

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.

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