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

Crossroads Foundation was founded by Malcolm Begbie, a chartered accountant and Sally Begbie, a PR consultant. Originally started as a support organization for charities, the appeal for blankets and clothes following floods in Northern China in 1995 changed their mission. From a small organization that shipped 19 cartons of relief supplies in 1995, today Crossroads has goods equating to 100 x 40′ containers operating from a site that covers 600,000 square feet (14 acres), fielding requests from 106 countries.

Instead of ending up in landfill, unwanted items are channelled to people whose lives may be renewed or even saved as a result. And that is how this organisation came upon its name. It is indeed a crossroads, an intersection of need and resource.

Their Mission: Crossroads Foundation is a Hong Kong based, non-profit organisation serving global need. They believe that, in a broken world that sees too much suffering, we should do all we can to link those who are in need with those who can provide help. So Crossroads provides an intersection, literally a crossroads, to bring both together.

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.

Summer Student Internships @ Crossroads

27 Apr

Crossroads Foundation recruits students from universities and colleges to participate in its unique, annual internship programme. Students are given the opportunity to be assistant managers in each of our many departments and to help in the running of those departments. The students in these roles will be able to work with all types of people from around the world while gaining vital, real-world English-environment work experience.

Student-243x300Roles available include working in fields such as communications & vision, accounting, administration, processing goods for distribution, shipping, computing, catering and hospitality and fair trade commerce.

Interns will need to complete a full six week internship to receive a reference and certificate.

Date: Students commit to a six-week, full-time service period. Contact us for more details at volunteer@crossroads.org.hk or to sign up, click here.

Time: The work week is Tuesday through Saturday, from 10:00am to 5:00pm.

Location: Internships take place at the Crossroads site, opposite Gold Coast, near Tuen Mun in the New Territories.

Contact Crossroads for more details at volunteer@crossroads.org.hk or to sign up, click here.

Crossroads Foundation was founded by Malcolm Begbie, a chartered accountant and Sally Begbie, a PR consultant. Originally started as a support organization for charities, the appeal for blankets and clothes following floods in Northern China in 1995 changed their mission. From a small organization that shipped 19 cartons of relief supplies in 1995, today Crossroads has goods equating to 100 x 40′ containers operating from a site that covers 600,000 square feet (14 acres), fielding requests from 106 countries.

Instead of ending up in landfill, unwanted items are channelled to people whose lives may be renewed or even saved as a result. And that is how this organisation came upon its name. It is indeed a crossroads, an intersection of need and resource.

Their Mission: Crossroads Foundation is a Hong Kong based, non-profit organisation serving global need. They believe that, in a broken world that sees too much suffering, we should do all we can to link those who are in need with those who can provide help. So Crossroads provides an intersection, literally a crossroads, to bring both together.

Nepal earthquake – updated 14 May

26 Apr

Kathmandu Struck By Powerful EarthquakeA 7.8 magnitude quake struck an area of central Nepal between the capital, Kathmandu, and the city of Pokhara on Saturday morning. Although the extent of the damages is still unknown, initial reports say houses and buildings collapsed in Kathmandu and surrounding areas. Tremors were also strongly felt in northern India, in the states of Bihar and Uttar Pradesh.

Nepal-EarthquakeRescue efforts in Nepal are intensifying after more than 1,800 people were killed in the country’s worst earthquake in more than 80 years. Many countries and international charities have offered aid to Nepal to deal with the disaster. Help by making a donation. Some of these charities who are already actively involved in the disaster include:

 

Save the Children

Kathmandu Struck By Powerful Earthquake“As the sheer devastation of the recent earthquake becomes clearer, we know that children have been the most affected by this disaster,” says Roger Hodgson, Deputy Country Director for Save the Children in Nepal. “Despite the difficulties in reaching some of the hardest-hit regions, Save the Children is mobilising much-needed items to help these children and their families. Helping those most affected by this disaster will continue to be our top priority in the coming days, weeks and months.”

To assist those displaced by the quake, the charity has begun the delivery of 136 tarpaulins in Kathmandu, while in the earthquake-affected Bhaktapur district, 180 baby packs – which include children’s clothes, blankets and soap – are being distributed to those in need. Save the Children will also begin distributing many more items to some of the hardest-hit regions outside Kathmandu Valley, including Gorkha and Sindhupalchowk districts.

The charity has launched a fundraising campaign with the goal of raising 50 million USD to assist with its aid efforts. To donate, please follow this link

MSF
A second earthquake today hit Nepal, this time with an epicentre 80km east of Kathmandu, in Dolakha district. Teams from Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) are conducting assessments in the affected areas, including Dolakha itself. In the Charikot area of Dolakha district they have seen villages destroyed by this second quake.

An additional MSF team is conducting an assessment by car in Bhaktapur, east of Kathmandu, while other MSF medical teams have divided and are visiting various hospitals in Kathmandu ready to intervene immediately if necessary.

This comes as the Nepali population struggles to recover from the loss of life and substantial damage that followed the earthquake of 25th April in which over 8,000 people died.

“This complicates an already precarious situation. There is going to be more trouble accessing the affected areas. MSF is strengthening its emergency operations and re-assessing the needs of those affected by the current earthquake in order to respond accordingly and immediately,” says, Dan Sermand, MSF’s Country Director in Nepal.

For the last two weeks, MSF teams have been providing medical assistance and distributing food and shelter to remote areas impacted by the previous earthquake. MSF has also set-up an inflatable hospital in Arughat in Gorkha district, which is running and serving the population affected by that previous disaster.

To donate to MSF please follow this link.

Red Cross
Hong Kong Red Cross has immediately mobilized HKD 500,000 to provide immediate relief and welcome donations from public to support the revealing humanitarian needs.
Red Cross Actions
Immediately after the shock, Nepal Red Cross Society has been working on the ground for rapid needs assessment and providing immediate relief to those affected, including:
– Search and rescue in the rubbles, first aid services to the wounded
– Red Cross blood bank providing blood supplies to the main medical facilities in Kathmandu
– Setting up tents to shelter affected population
– Emergency tracing services to assist families who lost contact because of the quakes
– International Red Cross mobilized over HKD 4 million to support relief actions, and assessment teams arriving Nepal to coordinate the operation

Hong Kong Red Cross Actions
– Mobilized HKD500,000 for immediate relief
– Emergency tracing service is offered to people in Hong Kong looking for their missing families in Nepal due to this disaster.
If you know someone missing a loved one in Nepal please pass this information to
• Tel: 2507-7135 (during office hours, Monday to Friday 9:00 am to 6:00 pm) and 5511-2382 (non office hours, Monday to Friday 6:00 pm to 10:00 pm, Saturday & Sunday 9:00 am to 10:00 pm )
• Email: tracing@redcross.org.hk
• Website: http://www.redcross.org.hk/en/tracing_service/emergency_tracing_introduction.html

Hong Kong Red Cross also is accepting donation designated to “Nepal Earthquake 2015” operation. Please visit their website for more information.

Oxfam
Oxfam’s team in Nepal is assessing humanitarian need following the devastating earthquake. In addition a team of technical experts are preparing to fly from the UK with supplies to provide clean water, sanitation and emergency food supplies.

Cecilia Keizer, Oxfam country director in Nepal said:
“Communication is currently very difficult. Telephone lines are down and the electricity has been cut off making charging mobile phones difficult. The water is also cut off. The number of people killed is continuing to rise. Many of the old houses have been destroyed and at least one large apartment block has come down in Kathmandu. Given the closeness to the epicentre Pokhara must also be badly affected. Oxfam is preparing to help provide clean water and emergency food. People are gathered in their thousands in open spaces and are scared as there have been several aftershocks.”

To make a donation to help with their immediate work in Nepal, please visit their website.

UNICEF
20150512_NepalEarthquakeUNICEF has teams on the ground in every affected district. Their focus is now on how children may have been impacted by this new earthquake. The quake follows the 25 April earthquake that left more than 8,000 dead, thousands more injured and 1.7 million children in urgent need of humanitarian assistance.

You can imagine what must have happened in those hillsides that were ravaged by the quake the last time, or how this quake will not only damage the buildings that were already cracked, but the impact it will have on the already frightened and vulnerable children and young people. Read an eyewitness account from a UNICEF staff member

UNICEF has been working round the clock to get life-saving aid to children since the first quake hit. And your donations can help them deliver urgent essentials — like safe drinking water, adequate sanitation facilities, tents and medical supplies. With your support, UNICEF can provide vital counseling and child-friendly spaces to help children come to terms with their traumatic experiences.

UNICEF will do everything possible to keep children safe. But with the massive damage, they urgently need your help.

To make a donation to UNICEF to support their Nepal Earthquake Response, please follow this link.

World Vision
World Vision Hong Kong’s Chief Executive Officer Kevin Chiu says, “World Vision has been working in Nepal for over 30 years, and more than 200 local staff are ready to join the relief efforts on the ground. Water and power ran out in affected areas, and communications are disrupted. Millions of people have lost their homes and in dire need of food, water, shelter, warm clothing and hygiene kits. They need our help urgently!”

World Vision Hong Kong has initially contributed HK$1.56 million to provide help to the quake-stricken people. Together with other donations, it will bring help, such as hygiene kits and emergency aids to survivors, and set up Child Friendly Spaces to release the emotional distress of children; which is estimated to help 50,000 people. Their local staff are assessing the impact of the quake and are ready to respond to the needs of the affected. World Vision commits its full effort to help the affected children and families amid emergency to rebuild their homes. To donate to World Vision, please follow this link.

This blog will be updated as and when more information regarding rescue efforts come in.

Beer for Books @ The Roundhouse

19 Apr

This April Room to Read is back at The Roundhouse – Taproom – Hong Kong’s first Taproom, with 25 Craft Beers on Tap! They also serve authentic Texan BBQ, including fall-off-the-bone short-ribs…

THE DEAL: 1 drink purchased = 1 book printed via Room to Read‘s Local Language Publishing Program in Vietnam.

This month’s event is made possible by The Roundhouse‘ generous donation of HK$10 to Room to Read for every drink purchased!

Join Room to Read on Wednesday to learn about their work and how you can create positive change while enjoying fantastic company and drinks!
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Date: Wednesday, 22 April 2015

Time: 5 – 8pm

Location: The Roundhouse – Taproom, 62 Peel Street, Central, Hong Kong

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

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.

Buy gently used Designer Label clothing and donate to LOCAL Charities!

18 Apr

Looking for something special AND donate to charity for the same time? This might be for you. The Cathedral Clares of the St John’s Cathedral are running a Designer Label Sale selling designer labels such as Chanel, Armani, Valentino, Moschino, Shanghai Tang etc. costume jewellery and scarves for the ladies and Boss, Calvin Klein, Diesel, Hermes etc. for men.
poster for clares
All proceeds go to local charities such as HOME OF LOVING FAITHFULNESS FELLOWSHIP (provides life-long care for the mentally and physically handicapped), ST. BARNABAS SOCIETY (ministry of outreach to street-sleepers, the poor and the homeless of Hong Kong).

Just remember, CASH ONLY

Date: Saturday, 2 May 2015

Time: 10am – 2pm

Location: Li Hall, St John’s Cathedral, Garden Road, Hong Kong

About The Cathedral Clares: The Clares are a diverse and multinational group, faith and non-faith, Cathedral and non-Cathedral members who enjoy occasional lunches and trips around Hong Kong

Join The Clares and make new friends and even snap up a bargain during sorting and pricing of donated goods for sale in their Charity Shop, CASTAWAYS !

Join The Clares for sorting any WEDNESDAY from 09:30am and for coffee and conversation at 10:30am in The Li Hall of St John’s Cathedral, 4-8 Garden Road, Hong Kong. Or
Contact: Stella on stellarcarter@gmail.com
Or: Ruth on ruhuphillipson@yahoo.com

Castaways is located within the Cathedral grounds. It sells clothing, including shoes and handbags, and also books and household linen donated by Cathedral members and the public. Items in good, clean, SALEABLE condition are welcomed.

Apart from the part time Manager the shop is staffed by volunteers from Clares Women’s Network and all profits go to locally based charities. Castaways is proud of its service to the community. It is thrice blessed. It blesses the generous giver, the grateful buyer and the needy charity. (The volunteers also enjoy themselves)

Opening hours are:
Wednesday, Thursday and Friday: 12.00 noon – 2.30pm.
Saturday and Sunday: 10.00am – 12.00nn.
Closed Monday and Tuesday

Donation days are Wednesday and Saturday mornings.

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