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Hong Kong Seeing Eye Dog Service

20 Jun

Hong Kong Seeing Eye Dog Service (HKSEDS) was established on January 11, 2012 as a registered non-profit organization in Hong Kong. Their main focus is breeding and training Seeing Eye Dogs in Hong Kong and provide the well-trained Seeing Eye Dogs to suitable visually impaired people for free. HKSEDS provides match training and follow up services to support visually impaired people. They also promote Seeing Eye Dog protection and prevent abandonment and mistreatment of the dogs after a match.

To localize and sustain Seeing Eye Dog Services in Hong Kong for visually impaired people, HKSEDS focuses on training local trainers to make this profession root in Hong Kong.

Through their services, they hope to enhance the atmosphere of social caring, and to nurture the concept of animal protection. Additionally, HKSEDS would like to empower Hong Kong people to pay more attention to socially vulnerable groups and understand the needs of the physically or mentally impaired communities.

What you can do to help: Volunteers play a vital role in a charity organization. If you agree with HKSEDS’ vision, join HKSEDS as a Puppy Walker. Puppy Walkers are volunteer families who commit to look after the Seeing Eye Dog puppy, aged from 2 months to around 1 year old, at their home. During this period of time, the puppy will acquire the basic training and socialization skill at the puppy walker’s home where it begins to experience care, love and the family life with human beings.

For information please follow this link and download the information sheet at the bottom of the page.

For more information please Email(services@seeingeyedog.org.hk) or Facebook (Hong Kong Seeing Eye Dog Services).

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Mother’s Choice Flag Day Appeal – Feb 24

7 Feb

On Saturday, 24th February 2018, Mother’s Choice will have their territory wide Flag Day and Mother’s Choice would love to have you join them on the streets of Hong Kong in solidarity with their vision of every child in a loving family. Funds raised will be used to support children without families and pregnant teenagers in crisis.

Mother’s Choice has been changing the life stories of vulnerable babies and young girls in our city for 30 years. They believe it takes a village to raise a child, and they thank you for being their village by making a gift (financial or time) to Mother’s Choice. Come join hands with Mother’s Choice as they give hope and change life stories!

What you can do to help:
Volunteer and help sell flags
You can be an individual, a group or a school, just follow this link, complete this form and Mother’s Choice will get back to you.
Flags can be sold anytime between 7:00am and 12:00noon

Donate
Can’t spare the time to volunteer? Out of town on the 24th? You are welcome to make a donation instead. Just follow this link. If you make a donation from now until Chinese New Year, you will receive one Lai See pack*, as a token of appreciation.
*(10 individual envelopes) for every HK$300 donation (HK$600 will receive two packs etc).

Date: Saturday, 24 February 2018

Time: 7am – 12pm

About Mother’s Choice: Mother’s Choice is a local charity serving the many children without families and pregnant teenagers in Hong Kong.

Mother’s Choice joins hands with our community to give hope and change the life stories of vulnerable girls and babies. Their vision is to see every child in a loving family.

Families Walking For Families: Mother’s Choice 30th Anniversary Walkathon

2 Sep


Join Mother’s Choice at their Families Walking For Families: Mother’s Choice 30th Anniversary Walkathon! This year, they are celebrating 30 years of changing life stories at the Walkathon on Sunday, 12th November 2017. For 30 years, Mother’s Choice has joined hands with our community to give hope, with the vision to see every child in a loving family.

Mother’s Choice’s Walkathon is a celebration of family! Every family is unique – it is love and commitment, not just blood, which defines a family. The Walkathon is a glimpse of a Hong Kong we long to see – one where children are in loving families of all shapes and sizes come together to support one another.

When you walk with Mother’s Choice and fundraise on their behalf, you help them to raise much needed funds to support their work in building families through our five key services.

Walkathon: 4km walk along Bowen Fitness trail with a new 1.5km optional challenge route!

Date: Sunday, 12 November 2017

Time: 10:00am, 11:00am, and 12:00pm start times

Place: Carnival Fun
Be sure to stay behind at Island School for family-friendly performances, games, and food after your walk.

Price: HK$200 per person (includes a T-shirt and a drawstring bag)
*Children ages 2 and below are welcome to join for free!

To find out more and to register, please follow this link

mothers-choice-logoAbout Mother’s Choice: Their story starts in 1987 when founders Ranjan & Phyllis Marwah, and Gary & Helen Stephens, moved by a series of articles in the newspaper about the alarming numbers of teenage crisis pregnancies in Hong Kong, were stirred to action.

The news article reported that approximately 35-40% of the hundreds of girls going to Shenzhen every week were already in their last trimester. There was an obvious need with no one visibly responding, even though people were actually aware of the circumstances of the girls going to Shenzhen for late term abortions. The founders knew that these babies could live given the good and proper medical attention available in Hong Kong – they just needed to find the space and funding to give these girls real options. So together with the support of their friends and the community, they began the work of Mother’s Choice.

Starting with just one borrowed room and no experience but motivated to give back to this city that they love, Mother’s Choice has since helped over 51,000 single girls, cared for 3,600 babies and assisted with 1,400 successful adoption cases.

Powered By Youth Forum 2017

19 Jul

Powered by Youth (PBY) focuses on developing well-rounded, forward-thinking leaders who excel in being change-makers, taking action, and supporting the community.

In the annual 2-day forum, students aged 12-17 take part in ‘Power Groups‘ focusing on personal strengths, and ‘Passion Groups‘ targeting social issues. Groups then create Community Act!on Projects, go through ‘Step Up‘ workshops on pitching, writing advocacy, articulating personal values, and creative messaging. Finally, they pitch to a judging panel for a chance to bring their ideas to life. Successful projects join Act!on for a Cause and are allocated seed funding and a Kids4Kids mentor to help deliver the project and measure its impact.

This year, PBY is coming back more global, hands on, and ambitious than before! Be the SPARK and make a CHANGE. Stay tuned on our website for the full program rundown.

Date: 23 & 30 September 2017

Time: 9am – 5pm

Place: 7/F Training & Development, MTR Headquarters Building, Telford Plaza, 33 Wai Yip Street, Kowloon Bay

Price: $320
To order early bird tickets, please follow this link to Eventbrite
Ticket sales end on 28 July

About Act!on for a Cause: Act!on for a Cause aims at mobilizing youth from diverse backgrounds to take action on real life social issues.
They aim to:
* Promote creative problem solving of real life issues
* Mobilize youth from all backgrounds to take positive action
* Build leadership skills and social awareness
* If you are between the age of 12 to 17 years living in Hong Kong, you can choose to participate as an individual, or groups of up to 4 participants

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.

How do we embrace a girl in crisis?

17 Jun

When a girl in crisis reaches out to Mother’s Choice for help, they welcome her into a safe place, and equip and empower her for a hopeful future. This looks different for each of the 242 girls who they walked with this year, because Mother’s Choice adapts their approach to the needs of each girl. BoBo’s story reminds us that we all need support from our friends and family when raising our children.

BoBo, a teen client of Mother’s Choice Pregnant Girls Services
“When I was pregnant, I truly didn’t know if I had the support around me to care for a baby, so I thought adoption would be the best plan. But the moment she was born, I felt so much love, I didn’t think I could leave her. Mother’s Choice arranged for a volunteer Project Bridge* family to care of my baby while I made my decision. I was nervous, but as I watched the Bridge Mom gently pick up my daughter, I knew she would be safe. Even so, my heart ached when she was carried away from me.

With support from my family, I realized I have what it takes to be a mother. I am so thankful to be living with our daughter now and am learning to be the best mom I can be. Our home is filled with so much joy as we raise my daughter together.”

Renata, Project Bridge Mom*
“When we first met BoBo in the hospital, we could feel her pain. She desperately wanted to be a mom, but she didn’t have the support she needed. My husband and I committed to caring for her baby in our own home so that BoBo and her family would have some time to get back on their feet. During that time, BoBo came over regularly to learn how to take care of her baby, and I would always try to encourage her. One evening, after we put the baby to bed, she opened her arms, and we hugged and cried together for several minutes. We started as strangers who don’t speak the same language, but we will forever share a deep bond, because we love the same child.

This experience has made me so passionate about supporting young mothers – all we did was care for a baby for two months, but it gave this new family the time they needed to stay together. Saying goodbye to the baby was one of the hardest things we have ever done, but we will absolutely open our home again to do the same thing if it can help another child and their family.”

*Project Bridge connects children in need of a temporary home to loving, nurturing volunteer families who open their homes anywhere from a few days to several months. Mother’s Choice has a great need for more families!

If you want to know about Mother’s Choice’s fostering programme or would like to attend one of their Info Sessions, please visit their website.

mothers-choice-logoAbout Mother’s Choice: Mother’s Choice is a grassroots non-profit organization that provides and promotes loving, nurturing care for babies and children needing permanent homes.

Their story starts in 1987 when founders Ranjan & Phyllis Marwah, and Gary & Helen Stephens, moved by a series of articles in the newspaper about the alarming numbers of teenage crisis pregnancies in Hong Kong, were stirred to action.
The news article reported that approximately 35-40% of the hundreds of girls going to Shenzhen every week were already in their last trimester. There was an obvious need with no one visibly responding, even though people were actually aware of the circumstances of the girls going to Shenzhen for late term abortions. The founders knew that these babies could live given the good and proper medical attention available in Hong Kong – they just needed to find the space and funding to give these girls real options. So together with the support of their friends and the community, they began the work of Mother’s Choice.

Starting with just one borrowed room and no experience but motivated to give back to this city that they love, Mother’s Choice has since helped over 51,000 single girls, cared for 3,600 babies and assisted with 1,400 successful adoption cases.

Despite their achievements, Hong Kong continues to desperately need their services. Bain & Company, a global consulting firm, conducted pro-bono research for Mother’s Choice on the state of crisis pregnancies in Hong Kong in 2010. Based on their research, they conservatively estimated that there are 6,880 crisis pregnancies each year in Hong Kong. Nearly 60% were unwed females, the majority of whom were under 25 years old – Mother’s Choice serviced nearly 25% of these young women.

The research also showed that Mother’s Choice is the leader in providing non-judgmental services to young single girls facing crisis pregnancy in Hong Kong, and the only organization that provides services from conception through labour and delivery and post-pregnancy care.

Unfortunately, the research also showed that there is still an unmet demand of young women facing crisis pregnancy [55%] that are not receiving the help or counseling that they need. It is critical that Mother’s Choice needs to expand their services and reach in the community.

For more information on Mother’s Choice and their work please visit their website.
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