Archive | November, 2016

Food Angel – help prep meals for the disadvantaged

27 Nov

food-angelFood Angel is a food rescue and food assistance program launched in 2011 by Bo Charity Foundation with the mission of “WASTE NOT, HUNGER NOT.” The program rescues edible surplus food from different sectors of the food industry that would otherwise be disposed of as waste. Following strict safety protocols, the rescued food items will then be prepared as nutritious hot meals in their central kitchen and be redistributed to serve the underprivileged communities in Hong Kong.

food banks  food_angel3.jpgUntil March 2011, Food Angel has provided over 2,956,453 meals and rescued over 2,474,823 kg of surplus food from going to the landfills.

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Beneficiaries of Food Angel include deprived elderly (71%), children from low income families (20%), the unemployed (3%), disabled and people in rehabilitation (4%) and the homeless, caged home dwellers etc (2%).

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Mission
– Reduce Food waste at Source
– Alleviate Hunger
– Relieve Poverty
– Educate the Next Generation

What you can to help
SCMP 03MAY13 NS CHAIWAN6  DW__6536.JPGVolunteer at one of their two kitchens in Chai Wan and Sham Shui Po where you can help prepare meal boxes: preparing raw vegetables and hot meal boxes (non-cooking duties)
To volunteer, you need to be over 16. You can volunteer as an individual or in a group. To find out about available dates and to register, please follow this link.

Beyond Vision Projects

12 Nov

BEYOND VISION PROJECTS (BVP) is a social enterprise supported by a group of passionate volunteers and professional advisors and academics in related field. In order to achieve their goal of enhancing the visually impaired (VI) and elderly with low vision’s quality of life; their first project, Tactile-Audio Interaction System (TAIS) services was successfully developed under substantial research. They got encouraging results and feedbacks which have proven TAIS can enable the mental image building process of the visually impaired (VI) and elderly with low vision.

BVP believes that art and culture inspires us, brings us together and, teaches us about who we are and the world we live in; despite the differences in age, gender, race or physical impairments. Arts and culture is for all.

Their Mission
BEYOND VISION PROJECTS (BVP) strives to enhance the quality of life of the visually impaired(VI) and elderly with low vision which focus on SOCIAL INCLUSION, SOCIAL EQUALITY and SOCIAL PARTICIPATION.

Their Goal
BEYOND VISION PROJECTS (BVP) aims at providing our Tactile-Audio Interaction System (TAIS) services: a simple-to-create ‘touch synchronized’ tactile and audio tool. This tool will enable the VI and elderly with low vision to receive visual information through touching and hearing, not limited to accessibility to art but all possible aspects of daily life. Subsequently, trainings for TAIS production and services will be provided to visually impaired individuals so as to open up job opportunities.

Training and Workshops
BEYOND VISION PROJETS (BVP) provides training and workshops; such as tactile painting making; audio description workshop and TAIS workshops, for the visually impaired, their family members and friends; as volunteer.

Training will cover:
– Tactile Painting Making
– Visual impairment awareness, customer care and guiding
– The principles of description
– Describing paintings, objects and artefacts
– Using other senses to engage blind and partially sighted visitors
– Improving accessibility, including leading an audio described tour

What you can do to help
BVP believes that people who have visual impairments should have an equal opportunity to experience art and culture, heritage and historical venues. They work with museums, galleries, schools and other organisations to provide inclusive and accessible consultations, tours and experiences. With your support; BVP can create a more accessible and inclusive society. Please contact BVP: info@beyondvision.asia for sponsorship or donations.

Or join BVP as an individual volunteer or group volunteer; by sending BVP an email (info@beyondvision.asia) with simple introduction and your intention.

Sprouts Foundation

4 Nov

sprouts-logoThe Sprouts Foundation was established in 2008 by the Shuper family, to create a legacy of social responsibility with a focus on disadvantaged children in Asia. Sprouts began as a family commitment, providing mainly financial assistance to a variety of projects in children’s health and education in China, India, Hong Kong and Nepal.

With growing experience, and with the benefit of extensive family backgrounds in education, the Shupers increasingly focused the efforts of Sprouts to:
sprouts-2– Provide high-quality, student-centric and activity-based education, to
– Advance children from the lowest income groups in their respective locations, with a particular
– Focus on English-language and IT education, in order to
– Provide high-quality, student-centric and activity-based education, to
– Advance children from the lowest income groups in their respective locations, with a particular focus on English-language and IT education, in order to
– Substantially improve students’ self-confidence as well as their future employment prospects, while ensuring that Sprouts
– Measure the results of their projects, thereby giving them the data to
– Promote systemic changes in local curricula, capturing those aspects of their programs that most demonstrably enrich students over the medium-to-long term.

sprouts-1In September 2011, the Sprouts Foundation and its partners — Po Leung Kuk (PLK), and Hong Kong Rugby Union (HKRU) — established The PLK, Sprouts Foundation and HKRU Education Services Centre (ESC).

The ESC provides after-school language training — as well as broader life-skills development — to nearly 250 low-income children in Tai Wai, New Territories. Tai Wai is a district where 22% of the population has no further education beyond primary school, and most children attending the ESC come from households living on less than HK$200 per day. According to the Economist Intelligence Unit, as of February 2013 Hong Kong remains one of the most expensive cities in the world in which to live, surpassing any city in the United States or UK.

sprouts-3The ESC currently operates two programmes in Hong Kong, its PRIMARY section for children aged 6-12, and the recently-opened SECONDARY section, launched in September 2013 as an extension for students aged 13-16.

What you can do to help
If you are interested in sharing your time with children the Sprouts Foundation’s work supports, please let them know how you would like to help. Sprouts Foundation and the children appreciate any time spent with them, be it teaching a short course or a sport, telling a story, chaperoning a weekend activity or guiding them through school life. Please check and fill in your interest on the form in the attached link, or contact Sprouts Foundation via info@sproutsfoundation.org.