Archive | March, 2014

S.G.H. St Christopher’s Home

30 Mar

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Sheng Kung Hui St. Christopher’s Home, was founded in 1935 by the late Bishop R.O. Hall in Taipo. They began as an orphanage taking care of homeless children. In 1993, following the instigation of new welfare policies, the Home moved from Taipo to various housing estates located all over Hong Kong.

Today, the Home is the largest non-governmental organization in Hong Kong providing small group home service for children who cannot receive adequate family care. Their services include residential child care service (Small Group Home and Foster Care Service), Pre-primary Education Service (Nursery), Children Health Development Services, Service for New Arrivals and Low-income Families, Clinical Psychological Service and Social Enterprise.

Small Group Home serves children and young people from 4 to 18 years old who cannot receive adequate family care due to various family problems and crises. A 24-hour family-like residential care is provided for them until they can return home or settle down in another long-term residential home placement. The Home also provides Emergency/Short-term Small Group Home Service (ESGH) for children with urgent needs.

Foster Care Service provides out-of-home family care for children who cannot receive adequate family care due to various family problems. Children are placed under the care of foster families and continue to enjoy family life until they can return home, join an adoptive family or live independently.

Foster Care (Emergency) Service provides out-of-home family care for children who cannot receive adequate family care due to emergency or crisis situations in their families. Children are placed under the care of foster families and continue to enjoy family life and happiness until they can return home or secure a long-term residential placement.

Home 3Pre-primary Education Service takes care of children from 2-6 years old with the aim of helping develop children’s multiple intelligence and problem solving skills, foster children’s independence, inter-personal skills and self learning skills, and to develop children’s creative thinking within a happy and relaxing learning environment.

According to the World Health Organization’s definition, health is a balanced state of physical, mental and social well-being, not merely the absence of disease or infirmity. The Home has always concerned about the welfare of children. In order to promote the health care of children, the Children Health Development Services sets up a specialized and all-rounded children health center service - “Kidsmind” to develop and enhance children’s physical, mental and spiritual health and generate a healthy living environment for children in Hong Kong.

For more information regarding the S.G. H. St Christopher’s Home, please visit their website.

home 1Volunteering: If you are positive, confident, mission driven, having special talents and willing to contribute to the society, please join the Home’s ”Volunteer Specialist Recruitment Scheme”. They need volunteers with the following knowledge and skills
* Photography
* Video Production
* Homepage Design
* Graphic Design
* Translation
* Communication
* Database Management
* Physiotherapist/Occupational Therapist/Speech Therapist
* Nutrition
* Other Skills

Home 2Individuals can apply if you are
* Aged 21 or above
* Mature and independent
* Willing to support our service

Groups are also welcome to join if your group is willing to provide service on a regular and continuous basis and fit the following requirements
* Registered bodies
* Members are 16 years old or above
* Providing service on a continuous basis, at least 3 times within 3 months

Please visit their website for more details.

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Earth Hour (29 March)

16 Mar


In two weeks it’s Earth Hour again. What does that mean? Earth Hour is the world’s largest collective environmental action involving, by individuals, communities, businesses and governments across the world. Participation is simple – as many people and organizations as possible turn off their non-essential lights at the appointed time for one hour. This collective action sends a powerful message: everyone wants a sustainable future.

The spirit behind Earth Hour is about much more than switching off your lights for just one hour – it’s about all of us making small changes to the way we live, so that societies around the world can begin to operate sustainably.

We only have one Earth, but currently Hong Kong people are consuming 2.6 Earth’s resources. This year, WWF asks you one question: what can we give up today to make tomorrow better?

Whether it’s giving up buying new clothes, having unsustainable seafood in your meal, using too much paper, or a long, hot shower which consumes a lot of water and energy ¬– there is always something unnecessary which we can give up to save resources and reduce our ecological footprint.

The WWF website has a ton of ideas of what you can do to take part in Earth Hour, as well as ready-made resources from posters to videos to help you get started.

Earth_Hour_LogoSo – what will you give up today?

Date: Saturday, 29 March 2014

Time: 8:30-9:30pm

Location: Everywhere; in your home, at work, out and about…

Cost: Nothing

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.

Volunteering: Volunteering for WWF is a great way to get personally involved in local conservation and for experience working in environmental protection. WWF welcomes volunteers at a range of levels, from office assistance to fundraising and even field work at sites such as Mai Po in Hong Kong. Visit their website for more information, to fill out an online form, download their volunteer form or email WWF-Hong Kong.

UNICEF Petition to World Leaders: Don’t let the #childrenofsyria lose another year to bloodshed and suffering

15 Mar

A sad milestone: 3rd anniversary of conflict in Syria
UNICEFAs the Syrian conflict will approach its fourth year on 15 March, UNICEF and their partners have issued an impassioned appeal, asking you and everyone to urge world leaders to take action to prevent the loss of a generation to violence, hardship and displacement.

Specifically:
• An end to the violence against the #childrenofsyria
• An end to the blocking of humanitarian assistance
• An end to attacks on humanitarian workers and facilities
• A renewed commitment to reconciliation and tolerance
• More investment in the education and psychological protection of all children affected by the conflict

You can do your part by signing this petition, just follow this link.
Multiply Your Impact: turn your signature into dozens more by sharing this petition and recruiting people you know to sign.

About UNICEF:
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.
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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