WWF Walk for Nature 2015

11 Jul

© WWF-Hong Kong

© WWF-Hong Kong

Walk for Nature is WWF Hong Kong’s most significant educational fundraising event, which aims to engage the public about the need to protect Hong Kong’s local natural environment, and strengthen their awareness of the importance of environmental conservation. Their ‘Discovery Mai Po’ fundraising walk was first held in 1992. In 2006 the event’s name was changed to Walk for Nature, making 2015 the 24th consecutive year of this event.

© WWF-Hong Kong

© WWF-Hong Kong

This year, Walk for Nature will be held on Saturday the 7th and Sunday the 8th of November. Participants can to choose one of the two days, but not both days.

By participating in Walk for Nature you will be able to discover and explore the natural beauty of Mai Po. You will also personally experience the joy of bird watching, learn about the importance of wetlands and be able to participate in entertaining game stands. The event route is about 5 km and has an estimated completion time of 3 to 4 hours.

To prevent overcrowding and minimize visitors’ effect on the environment, participants will begin their walk in different time slots. Each event day will contain 10 time slots, running consecutively at half hour intervals from 9:30AM–2:00PM. Participant can choose their preferred time slot during the registration process.

A free shuttle bus service will be provided between 8:30AM and 6:00PM on the event days to transport participants from Sheung Shui MTR station to Mai Po Nature Reserve and back again.

This event is only suitable for people aged 4 and above. For safety reasons, baby strollers and prams are not allowed in the Reserve.

Date: 7 – 8 November 2015 (Sat and Sun)
(You can choose to attend one of the two days)

Time: 9:30AM – 6:00PM
(You can begin their walk in 10 different time slots)

Location: Mai Po Nature Reserve

Cost: You can sign up as an Individual ($500 minimum donation), Family comprising of two adults and one to two youths aged 4-17 ($1,600 minimum donation), Individual Youth aged 4-17 ($350 minimum donation), and Senior 60+ ($350 minimum donation)

Walk for Nature 2015 public enrollment will begin in mid August / early September and end on 10 October 2015. For enquiries please contact WWF Hong Kong at Tel 2526 1011 or walk@wwf.org.hk or visit their website by following this link.

© WWF-Hong Kong

© WWF-Hong Kong

About WWF-Hong Kong:
WWF is a leading global conservation organisation, with a global network active in more than 100 countries.

WWF’s mission is to build a future in which humans live in harmony with nature. WWF was founded in 1961 with headquarters based in Switzerland. Operating for nearly fifty years, WWF has forged unprecedented global partnerships with governments, other NGOs and the private sector, and has inspired individuals to take action and make a difference.

WWF-Hong Kong has been working since 1981 to deliver solutions for a living planet through Conservation, Footprint and Education programmes.

Teenage Volunteers needed for AFHK Picnic

3 Jul afhk 1

afhk 2Adoptive Families of Hong Kong (AFHK) is a non-profit volunteer-run charitable organisation made up of people connected by the common experience of adoption. At this annual event all the members and friends gather for a day of fun at the Victoria Peak Gardens. Games and activities are organized for everyone and particularly for children.

AFHK team members all participate on the day but not enough are available to cover all the activities and look after all the kids. This is where teenagers come in. Come give them a hand and help run some games etc! It’s fun !

afhk 3Date: 12 September 2015

Time: 11:30am – 4:00pm

Location: Victoria Peak Garden, The Peak

To find out more about this event, please follow this link. And if you are interested in taking volunteering for this event, please get in touch with AFHK at contact@afhk.org.hk.

About Adoptive Families of Hong Kong : Adoptive Families of Hong Kong (AFHK) is a non-profit volunteer-run charitable organisation made up of people connected by the common experience of adoption. Adoption is a lifelong journey and supporting all who have a connection with adoption to navigate this journey is AFHK’s top priority. Through their growing network, members find support, resources, advocacy and life-long connections. AFHK is inclusive of all who make up the adoption constellation; adoptive families, birth families, foster and kinship care families, families who have experienced early adversity and trauma, adult adoptees and professionals are among their members.

Their Mission
To connect, support and celebrate adoptive families and adopted persons of any age, from any country living in Hong Kong and elsewhere in Asia. To promote and be part of a community of people touched by adoption and the professionals that serve them in Hong Kong and Asia and practice in their best interest of by providing caring support, information, resources and advocacy.

Their Vision
It is AFHK‘s vision that Hong Kong will become:
– A community that understands, accepts, respects, and support adoption and adopted people,
– A center of research for adoption issues in Asia,
– A world leader in care and compassionate support of all adoptees throughout their life journey.

July Beer for Books @ Culture Club Gallery

20 Jun

This July, join Room to Read at the Culture Club Gallery. Culture Club Gallery will generously donate 10 HKD for each drink purchased to Room to Read’s Nepal Education Fund.

beer-for-booksThis evening find out more about Room to Read’s work in Nepal – the country Room to Read first called home – as well as how their team has been supporting their communities in Nepal post-earthquake April 2015.

In addition to learning about Room to Read’s work in Nepal, you’ll also be able to check out a photography exhibition!

rtr nepalDate: Tuesday, 7 July

Time: 6:00pm

Location: Culture Club, 15 Elgin Street, Central

See you there!

*Beers For Books is usually held every second Tuesday of each month at various locations around HK. Their FB page has the latest!

About the charity: 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.

Project Home Works

6 Jun

For most people in Hong Kong, the city is perhaps home of satisfactory living standard. However a lot of social problems in the city remain invisible to us. Only if every one of us extends a helping hand, we can together achieve big social changes. Habitat for Humanity launched Project Home Works which targets to help low income families, the elderly and the physically disabled by providing free house repairing and cleaning services. The project strives to bring better homes, build community and convey hope to the society.

Basic RGBThroughout the project, Habitat for Humanity partners with different non-profit and social services organizations in search for families and people in need. A lot of our home partners especially the elderly and physically disabled, who owing to age and physical restrictions, cannot clean their homes regularly not to mention repairing the broken parts. However potential household traps threaten their home safety. Project Home Works thus step in and hope to give them a bright and clean home with hope.

habitat for humanity 1Project Home Works involves volunteers and allow them to experience first hand the unsatisfactory living conditions of the home partners. Through the program, the volunteers not only bring warmth to home partners by talking to them, but can also share their experience with friends and families, thus raising awareness of poverty housing problems.

Project Home Works is held twice every month. Be part of the Habitat for Humanity team and bring home, community and hope to more families!

habitat for humanity 3Date: The second and fourth Saturday of each month

Audience: Anyone who is interested in serving the community. Experience in home repairs and renovation is not required.

Age requirement: Aged 15 or above

Types of work: Wall Painting, fix peeling ceiling, house cleaning etc

habitat for humanity 2To find out more about Project Home Works, the next available service date and to join, please visit their website.

About Habitat for Humanity Hong Kong: Habitat for Humanity International’s vision is a world where everyone has a decent place to live. Anchored by the conviction that safe and affordable housing provides a path out of poverty, since 1976 Habitat has helped more than 5 million people through home construction, rehabilitation and repairs and by increasing access to improved shelter through products and services. Habitat also advocates to improve access to decent and affordable shelter and offers a variety of housing support services that enable families with limited means to make needed improvements on their homes as their time and resources allow. As a nonprofit Christian housing organization, Habitat works in more than 70 countries and welcomes people of all races, religions and nationalities to partner in its mission.

Population is growing in cities around the world. It is estimated that 523 million people in Asia are currently living in slums. Each day, another 120,000 people are added to the populations of Asian cities, requiring the construction of at least 20,000 new dwellings daily. Housing supply simply cannot catch up with demand in Asia.

Habitat for Humanity Hong Kong is dedicated to raising awareness of the need for decent housing and harnessing resources to improve living conditions including water, lighting and sanitation for families across the Asia-Pacific region, including China.

They believe a safe, secure and decent home opens the door to improved health, better performance in school, greater economic opportunities, women empowerment, and increased community cohesion, among others. Decent housing provides a way out of poverty, not only in this generation but for generations to come.

What Habitat for Humanity Hong Kong does:

– Building, rehabilitating and repairing homes for low-income families, including the elderly and families with disabled members;
– Providing permanent housing solutions for people vulnerable to, or affected by natural disasters, conflicts and other calamities;
– Recruiting and training volunteer builders to construct decent housing alongside Habitat home partner families and support youth development in the community.

Nepal Earthquakes – Crossroads appeal for Donations and Goods

16 May

It is almost beyond belief that a second, massive earthquake has struck Nepal. Crossroads is responding to people affected by both quakes. If you would like to help, here is how you can.

Crossroads is working with a range of partners to get help to people in both urban and remote areas. Their first consignment has landed in Kathmandu and a second is on its way. They are looking at sending additional loads to Nepal.

As the recovery process moves forward, Crossroads is in regular touch with those who know the situation on the ground and can guide them as to what is needed. For areas still unreached, they are being asked to send emergency items such as tents, solar powered lights (since batteries are in short supply) and Recovery Kits. At the same time, we are now also being asked for Hygiene Kits and Kitchen Kits.

Those impacted also urgently need funds as some goods are needed immediately. Many can be purchased in the location as long as sufficient funds are provided.

If you would like to help, here’s how.

Donate Money
To donate money towards Crossroads’ Nepal disaster relief efforts, please click here and specify ‘Nepal disaster relief’ in the ‘What For?’ section.

recovery kitsDonate Goods
Relief workers are asking Crossroads to rush, at this time, tents to provide immediate shelter and Recovery Kits to help cope with the devastation in the area.

Recovery Kits are still urgently needed in the areas that have had very little help as people try to remove rubble and re-start their lives. If you with so donate these Recovery Kits, each must contain the following:
1 x blanket
2 pairs cotton gloves
Water purification tablets
1 x flash light
2 x packets band aids
1 x box face masks
1 plastic bottle of disinfectant
All items must be new, please, and placed in a red/white/blue striped bag.

Tents: People in remote villages are still in urgent need of shelter, particularly, we are advised, with the monsoon season coming. If you could give 1 or more tents, that will provide immediate help.

Solar Powered Lights: These are being requested daily to help combat the challenges in areas without power and without access to batteries.

Please deliver your donations to, map and address here.
Crossroads Foundation
2 Castle Peak Road
Gold Coast
Tuen Mun N.T.
HONG KONG

About Crossroads: Crossroads’ goal is to connect people in a broken world. As our name suggests, we try to be a crossroads: bringing together those in need and those who can help. We do so in four ways.

GLOBAL DISTRIBUTION: Where need meets resource We are donated excellent quality goods by business and private donors. We distribute these to people in need, in Hong Kong and around the world.

GLOBAL HAND: Partnering for a better world Global Hand is a match-making service which links for-profit and non-profit organisations who want to partner to help meet global need.

GLOBAL X-PERIENCE: Stepping into another’s shoes We offer simulation x-periences in which participants step, briefly, ‘into the shoes’ of people facing global challenges: war, poverty, HIV vulnerability, blindness, environmental challenges, hunger, etc.

GLOBAL HANDICRAFTS: Fair trade for a fairer world Aid helps people today. An income helps them tomorrow. Global Handicrafts Marketplace sells goods from people in need within Hong Kong, and around the world, on a fair trade basis.

VOLUNTEERING
Volunteering at Crossroads is one way you can line up the skills you have, with your hopes to make a difference to a broken world. We need people with almost any skills to do jobs like packing goods, driving trucks, cooking meals, administration and computer work, gardening and landscaping, art and design, and much more.

Nepal Education Fund

1 May

Room to Read began working with rural communities in Nepal 15 years ago. They are relieved to report that 100% of their staff in Nepal are safe and accounted for. Room to Read’s Kathmandu office and field offices are closed this week so that their staff can support their loved ones. Like thousands of others in Nepal, many of their colleagues remain living in the safety of rescue camps due to aftershocks; however, they are anxious to return home and contribute to their country’s rebuilding efforts.

rtr nepalDuring natural disasters, those living in poverty are disproportionately affected, especially children. Right now, help is needed for the people of Nepal – first by providing critical emergency relief and then through repairing and reviving their communities and their lives. Room to Read is committed to rebuilding children’s lives through education, an effort which will include supporting schools, teachers, and students, so they can return to their normal routines.

Room to Read has benefitted 965,000 children in Nepal by working with more than 3,700 communities through their Literacy Program and more than 3,000 girls through our Girls’ Education Program. Many of their project sites are located in the Lamjung and Dhading Districts, which are two areas greatly affected by the earthquake. While Room to Read does not yet know the condition of their Literacy Program project sites or the impact on their Girls’ Education Program participants in these remote communities, in the coming weeks and months, the Room to Read team in Nepal will assess the damage to determine where their educational work is most needed. Towards that effort, Room to Read has set up the Nepal Education Fund that will ensure Room to Read can support children and teachers by helping to rebuild the educational system in Nepal.

To make a donation, please follow this link. Donations to their Nepal Education Fund will allow Room to Read to quickly respond to the efforts that need their immediate support and attention.

Room-to-Read-photo-2About the charity: 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.

Rebuild Homes and Hope for Nepalese Earthquake Victims

30 Apr

A powerful earthquake struck Nepal on April 25, 2015 which results in serious death toll and injuries. Residents have fled their homes and are still experiencing aftershocks. Habitat for Humanity’s disaster response teams are now assessing the situation and coordinating response operations with local government agencies and disaster relief partners.
Nepal Earthquake
Please make a donation today to enable them to assemble 20,000 emergency shelter kits for the victims, including hammers, gloves and corrugated sheets etc. to help them clean up and return home as quickly as possible. Habitat for Humanity will also be providing technical expertise in home and community rebuilding as they have been doing in Nepal for 18 years.

Nepal is highly rural and predominantly agricultural, and disasters such as these leave families vulnerable. Habitat for Humanity is ready to help families return home as soon as possible, and to assist with clean up, repairs and new construction efforts.

There will be significant need to help families in the days and months ahead. To donate please follow this link. Your gift will help families recover.

About Habitat for Humanity: Habitat for Humanity International’s vision is a world where everyone has a decent place to live. Anchored by the conviction that safe and affordable housing provides a path out of poverty, since 1976 Habitat has helped more than 5 million people through home construction, rehabilitation and repairs and by increasing access to improved shelter through products and services. Habitat also advocates improving access to decent and affordable shelter and offers a variety of housing support services that enable families with limited means to make needed improvements on their homes as their time and resources allow. As a non-profit Christian housing organization, Habitat works in more than 70 countries and welcomes people of all races, religions and nationalities to partner in its mission.

Population is growing in cities around the world. It is estimated that 523 million people in Asia are currently living in slums. Each day, another 120,000 people are added to the populations of Asian cities, requiring the construction of at least 20,000 new dwellings daily. Housing supply simply cannot catch up with demand in Asia.

Habitat for Humanity Hong Kong is dedicated to raising awareness of the need for decent housing and harnessing resources to improve living conditions including water, lighting and sanitation for families across the Asia-Pacific region, including China.

Habitat believes a safe, secure and decent home opens the door to improved health, better performance in school, greater economic opportunities, women empowerment, and increased community cohesion, among others. Decent housing provides a way out of poverty, not only in this generation but for generations to come.

What Habitat does:
– Building, rehabilitating and repairing homes for low-income families, including the elderly and families with disabled members;
– Providing permanent housing solutions for people vulnerable to, or affected by natural disasters, conflicts and other calamities;
– Recruiting and training volunteer builders to construct decent housing alongside Habitat home partner families and support youth development in the community.

Their achievements:
– Since 1976, Habitat has built homes and hope for more than 5 million people, or 1 million families.
– Since Habitat began working in the Asia-Pacific region in 1983, around 1.5 million people have been supported with decent housing.

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