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.

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.

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.

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

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

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

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.

The Cathedral Clares Designer Label Sale IS BACK!

26 Apr

Designer Sale of Spring & Summer Clothing for Men & Women including Shoes & Handbags – need one say more?

All proceeds benefit LOCAL charities

Date: Saturday, 21 May 2016

Time: 10:00am – 2:00pm

Location: Li Hall, St John’s Cathedral

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.

Beer for Books @ Varga Lounge

20 Apr

Get the lowdown on the latest at Room to Read, meet amazing people, and enjoy extended Happy Hour until 9:30PM. Come early, stay late.

Beer for BooksRoom to Read (www.roomtoread.org) is an international organization that focuses on literacy and gender equality in education in 10 countries across Asia and Africa. Their goal is to reach 15 million children by the year 2020. JOIN Room to Read this Beers For Books to be a part of that. See you there!

*** Enjoy extended Happy Hour until 9:30PM!! ***

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

Date: Tuesday, 26 April

Time: 6 – 9:30PM

Location: Varga Lounge, 36 Staunton Street, Soho

Cost: 1 drink purchased = enough funds raised for 1 book to be published via Room to Read‘s Local Languge Publishing Program.

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.

At least 150,000 children affected by Ecuador earthquake – UNICEF

20 Apr

UNICEF Ecuador

UNICEF Ecuador

Earthquakes have struck around the world recently. Ecuador’s quake is the country’s worst disaster in decades. And the death toll keeps climbing. At least 150,000 children are affected by the April 15 earthquake in Ecuador, according to initial UNICEF estimates.

“We are in a race against time to protect children from disease and other risks common in such emergencies,” said Grant Leaity, UNICEF Representative in Ecuador.

According to preliminary government reports, the earthquake damaged 119 schools, affecting 88,000 children. Some 805 buildings have been destroyed and 608 have been damaged. Two hospitals have entirely collapsed in Portoviejo and Chone.

In some of the worst hit areas, mudslides are causing further damage to infrastructure and hindering access of relief teams and supplies. Some cities are still without full power and only 40 per cent of communication lines are working.

UNICEF is concerned about health, water and sanitation conditions in the coastal areas – which are already considered hotspots for Zika, Dengue, Malaria and Chikungunya.

UNICEF teams are in Pedernales and Esmeraldas, two of the hardest hit areas, assessing children’s needs and coordinating the response.

In a country where UNICEF has been active the past 40 years, they have just delivered water purification tablets (20,000), mosquito nets (4,500) and tarpaulin to Pedernales, the area worst affected by the earthquake and our staff is on the ground evaluating the extent of the disaster.

Support UNICEF‘s efforts by making a donation now! Just click here

Your donation means that UNICEF can :
– deliver lifesaving essentials – such as water purification tablets, soap, buckets and tents – right now;
– establish Child Friendly Spaces (CFS). These provide community-based services for affected children, including socio-psychological support, play, recreation, and health communication from a professional team of experts on early childhood development and social work;
– after the disaster, we focus on helping children get their life back to normal as soon as possible. We take part in rebuilding and reconstruction work and ensure children have access to a safe place, nutritious food, clean water and education.

Founded in 1946, United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) is the world’s leading United Nations organisation working specifically for children, with the mandate and influence to transform their lives. The Hong Kong Committee for UNICEF (UNICEF HK), one of the 36 National Committees, was founded in 1986 to raise funds to support UNICEF’s work worldwide and to promote, advocate for child rights in Hong Kong. They believe their work is not completed until all champion for child rights to achieve four Zero Sufferings for children.
ZERO Mortality ⇔ Right to Survival
Every child has the right to enjoy food, clean water, health services and a standard of living, etc. adequate for survival

ZERO Underdevelopment ⇔ Right to Development

Every child has the right to education, leisure, participation in cultural activities and understanding their basic rights, etc.

ZERO Abuse ⇔ Right to Protection
Every child has the right to special protection in situations of armed conflict or conflict with the law, and should be protected from any forms of abuse, neglect or exploitation

ZERO Isolation ⇔ Right to Participation
Every child has the right to freedom of expression; social, economic, cultural and religion activities; association and peaceful assembly; information from diverse sources

Crossroads 2016 Summer Student Internships

12 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 their 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.

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

Apply now for 2016 summer internships!

When: Students commit to a six-week, full-time service period. The work week is Tuesday through Saturday, from 10:00am to 5:00pm. Interns will need to complete a full six week internship to receive a reference and certificate. Contact Crossroads for more details at volunteer@crossroads.org.hk or to sign up, click here.

First intake: June 7th – July 16th
Second intake: July 12th – August 20th

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

Student-243x300How: You must attend an induction to apply for the internship. This day will allow you to familiarise yourselves with Crossroads and the objectives for this programme as well as sit for a short interview. Students will then be notified a few weeks later as to whether they have been accepted and to which department they have been placed. Upon completion of 6 weeks, each student will receive a certificate as well as a letter of reference from Crossroads. These will be given out at the student party at the end of the internship period or upon finishing the programme.

If you have any questions, or to begin the application process, click here.

Note: Students who are not in Hong Kong at the time of the induction interviews may complete their interviews online. Contact Crossroads for more details.

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 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.

Kids4Kids Summer Internship for Secondary School Students!

9 Apr

Are you a secondary school student? Will you be here in Hong Kong this summer? If you are looking for something worthwhile to do, how about joining Kids4Kids’ summer internship program?

summer-intern-recruitment kids4kidsWhat’s there to do? Kids4Kids offers internships in: communications/ marketing, community engagement and programme development. A great way to learn about social development, nonprofit and education sectors in Hong Kong

What’s the criteria for admission?
You need to be a student 15 – 17 years old, and
To have a letter of recommendation from a teacher or mentor

Internship Duration:
July 4 – July 15, 2016 – 2 weeks
July 4 – July 29, 2016 – 4 weeks
August 1 – August 26, 2016 – 4 weeks
July 4 – August 26, 2016 – 8 weeks

To find out more about this summer internship programme, email Kids4Kids at intern@kids4kids.org.hk, or visit their website.

About Kids4Kids: Kids4Kids is a non-profit organization founded in Hong Kong in 2008 and is aregistered charitable institution exempt from tax under Section 88 of the Inland Revenue Ordinance.

kids4kidskids4kids3Their Mission: To empower children to take responsibility with opportunities to learn about giving back — from the products created to activities organized by kids of all ages to reach out and help, in our local community, for a better Hong Kong.

Become a Bridge Family for children in need

23 Mar

Project-Bridge-slider-engThere are thousands of children across our city who are at risk and need temporary family care that is safe and loving. At Mother’s Choice, they believe that it takes a “village to raise a child” and that each of us have a unique role to play in caring for children in our community.

Project Bridge is an innovative program piloted by Mother’s Choice to be a “bridge” for children to return to or join his permanent home as soon as possible. Mother’s Choice is now urgently appealing for families to open up their homes and their hearts to care for the most vulnerable in our community. Families can come in all shapes and sizes – they can be two working parents, a single parent, a parent/adult child, one stay-at-home parent, etc. There are also different length of stays for these children ranging from short-term respite or emergency care (anywhere from a few days to a few weeks) to a longer-term stay whilst a child is waiting for adoption or reunification.

If you’d like to find out more information, please register for Mother’s Choice’s next Project Bridge Info Session, which will take place on the below times at their Child Care Home located at 5 Bowen Road.

Project Bridge Info Session
Chinese: Tuesday, 12th April 2016, 7:00pm-8:30pm
English: Wednesday, 13th April 2016, 7:00pm-8:30pm

Deadline for registration: 8 April 2016
To register please follow this link

mothers-choice-logoAbout Mother’s Choice: Mother’s Choice is a local non-profit organization in Hong Kong with a mission to join hands with our community to transform lives and give hope. Since 1987, Mother’s Choice has pursued their vision of no girl or baby left alone by providing loving & non-judgmental support to young girls facing crisis pregnancy, caring for children in need of a permanent home, and fighting for each to have a loving, stable, and permanent family to call his/her own. Today, Mother’s Choice continues to impact the lives of thousands in Hong Kong through five services – all united by the goal of building stronger families in our community.


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