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Her Tie・Journey ・她 “Trapped” @ SSP Exhibition

15 Jun

Exhibition of Handmade products by underprivileged women and photos of the inadequate housing
Co-organizers: Society for Community Organization, Les Beatitudes

Hong Kong has 1.35 million people living in poverty and over 728,400 are women (54%). Many women are in a disadvantaged position, as they have to take care of their family and cannot work full time. In order to support women in need, SoCO has partnered with Les Beatitudes to provide training to over a hundred mothers on hand made bags and leather goods. They encourage men to support by donating their neckties as material to re-use and recycle, a ”HeForShe” project. Through the handmade arts and crafts, the story of the city is retold through interesting and uniquely Hong Kong heritage and transportation all via collage designs.

Tie.Journey.她’ is a special exhibition created by grassroots sewing mothers and local artists which depict Hong Kong local specialties. It also demonstrates how men and women can bond together and support each other on their life journey by simply sharing a necktie.

Date: 12/5/2018 to 1/7/2018

Time: 11:00 – 18:00 (Sat /Sun), Others by appointment

Place: 1/F, 269 Yu Chau Street, Sham Shui Po (close to Sham Shui Po railway station Exit C2)

Price: Free admission

For more information about the exhibition and related events, please visit their website

About Society for Community Organization: Society for Community Organization (SoCO) is a human rights pioneer in Hong Kong. SoCO firmly believes that everyone should be entitled to equal rights. Equal opportunity for participation and fair distribution of social resources is the foundation of human rights. In the face of the widening disparity between the rich and the poor, and the increasingly restrictive political arena, we stand firm in our crusade to establish an equal society and to build a strong power base for the people. We are motivated by a common dream, and that is: “Let us work hand in hand and shoulder to shoulder to build a caring, equal and just society“.

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Resolve

29 May

Empowering future community leaders for an inclusive Hong Kong

Hong Kong is one of the most vibrant and prosperous cities in Asia. Yet if has one of the highest inequality levels in the developed world. Many vulnerable groups persist in poverty and social exclusion generation after generation. Social exclusion is not just about material deprivation, but also about marginalization, discrimination or a lack of agency and voice in society.

Resolve invests in emerging leaders, particularly from historically marginalized and underrepresented communities, so they become social catalysts to bring about positive change to their communities.

Mission: Resolve empowers future community leaders for an inclusive Hong Kong

Vision: Resolve believes in a Hong Kong where every voice has a say in its future

Values: Rights, Equality, Solidarity, Organization, Leadership, Voice and Empowerment

What you can do to help: Resolve is looking for seasoned and committed volunteers and interns passionate about effecting social change to support them in areas like
* fundraising and development
* project management
* communications
If you are interested, please follow this link

For more information, please email hello@resolvehk.org

Volunteer for the HER Fund

10 Jan

HER Fund was set up on March 8, 2004 by a group of committed women activists in honour of International Women’s Day. Their main objective is to raise funds and give grants to support work by women, with women and for women in Hong Kong. Next to this, an important aspect of their work is to raise awareness of women’s position and rights in Hong Kong.

Women’s organizations in Hong Kong have been working hard to strive for gender equality. Over the years, they have significantly raised women’s status in society. However, many of them are finding it increasingly difficult to secure funding to continue their valuable work. In late 2001, several long-time women activists in Hong Kong embarked on a project to set up a women’s fund. The idea received support from Mama Cash (Netherlands), Global Fund for Women (USA) and the Hong Kong Women’s Coalition on Equal Opportunities. In 2002, the group undertook a study on the funding needs of women NGOs in Hong Kong and in 2003, Hong Kong Women’s Fund (Preparatory Committee) was formally registered as a society. In 2004, the society set up HER Fund Limited. They received their charity status and tax exemption (IR File No.: 91/7393) in June 2005.

HER Belief:
HER Fund believes in the wisdom and capacity of women to determine their needs and aspirations and to develop strategies to achieve them.

HER Vision:
HER Fund envisions a society that will secure and promote the human rights for all, without discrimination on any grounds, and in all areas of life and work.

HER Mission:
HER Fund mobilizes resources and invests in empowering women and girls to create change in communities for gender equality.

HER Work:
HER Fund advances women and girls’ rights through grant-making, capacity building and resource development. They give financial grants to improve the situation and protect the human rights of marginalized and grassroots women.

What you can do to help:
Are you looking for a meaningful way to explore and share your unique talents?
Become a HER Fund Volunteer and give a gift of time to help them promote the human rights for all women. HER Fund would greatly appreciate any help you can offer!

Professional support: HER Fund needs talented volunteers to give them advice and support help them in communication, marketing, fund raising, IT support, accounts, financial analysis, etc.

Programmes support: Assist HER Fund at fundraising events and educational programmes, including photoshooting, video recording, reception, etc.

Office support: Assist HER Fund in data entry and administrative work during office hours.

Free support: You can help translate documents, typesetting, designing, etc. at home at anytime.

If you are interested in volunteering, please follow this link to download the application form.

Christmas Carol Concert benefitting SoCO

16 Nov

Please join SoCO for an adult evening of drinks, canapés and carols in the festive setting of the Helena May to benefit the Society for Community Organization. This is the 6th annual carol concert and SoCO is thrilled it has become a tradition for so many.

Date: Friday, 8 December 2017

Time: 6:30 – 8:30pm

Place: Helena May, 35 Garden Road, Central, Hong Kong

Price:
Adult ticket – $600 (drinks, canapés and carols)
Donation – $500 (can help an underprivileged child access free learning opportunities)
Donation – $1,000 (helps a family living in a cubicle modify their living environment)
Donation – $2,500 (support the ongoing work of SoCO)

Tickets from Ticketflap

About SoCO: Society for Community Organization (SoCO) is a human rights pioneer in Hong Kong. SoCO firmly believes that everyone should be entitled to equal rights. Equal opportunity for participation and fair distribution of social resources is the foundation of human rights. In the face of the widening disparity between the rich and the poor, and the increasingly restrictive political arena, SoCO stands firm in their crusade to establish an equal society and to build a strong power base for the people. SoCO is motivated by a common dream, and that is: “Let us work hand in hand and shoulder to shoulder to build a caring, equal and just society”.

SoCO is an incorporated, non-profit-making and non-governmental community organization. It was formed in 1972 by people from the Catholic and the Protestant church under the ecumenical movement.

It was financially supported by donations from overseas churches, the Hong Kong Community Chest, the Hong Kong Government and individuals. SoCO has, through civic education programs and social actions, nurtured grassroots people with a sense of civic rights so that they can exert their political power to the Government. These people have, during the course, regained their self-confidence and cemented with one another to champion for an equal social system. In view of the plight of the marginalized groups, SoCO also provides direct and emergent services to relieve their hardship temporarily.

Grassroots people are struggling day in and day out to keep their head above water. It is most scornful to see economic development brings social inequality. These deprived cannot enjoy our economic success and they are socially discriminated. They have been snubbed and fallen into oblivion. Standing in the line of underprivileged are caged lodgers, tenants with financial difficulties and living in appalling conditions, aged singletons, street-sleepers, ex-offenders, mentally ill patients, ethnic minorities, non-documented mothers of split families, families made up of new immigrants, patients and their families, Hong Kong residents being detained at the Mainland, etc. They are SoCO’s service targets.

Run for STOP

10 Oct

STOP (Stop Trafficking of People) is an initiative under the Vine Community Services Limited (VCSL) that works in partnership with the local community to end human trafficking in and through Hong Kong.

Their goals are to raise awareness about trafficking, connect with key counter-trafficking groups, provide victims with support, allow their voices to be heard, and to serve as a catalyst for positive change in the fight against modern-day slavery. They respond to victims’ needs in four ways:
* Legal Referral & Social Assistance
* Weekly Outreach
* Network Building
* Public Education

Just as they walk the whole recovery journey with survivors, you can enter a marathon or fun run and walk or run your own journey to the finish line to show your support for STOP.

On 1-4 December 2017, STOP will be leading a team of 30 running the International Angkor Wat Half Marathon.

STOP’s Mission
Raise awareness and money to support the work of STOP in Hong Kong, including legal referral & social assistance, public education, outreach and network building.

Tour package includes marathon registration, 3 nights accommodation at a 4-star hotel, 2 lunches, airport to hotel return transfer, event transport, team jersey, and travel insurance.

What did we do with the funds raised in 2016?
Last year, a group of 30 Run For STOP runners successfully raised over HK$800,000. With the fund, STOP was able to extend their Legal Referral and Social Assistance program, including evidence gathering, medical, optical and emergency housing, to a few more clients from Southeast Asia. Moreover, they were also able to assist two clients to return home to Kenya in late December and mid-January and to connect them with a local organization which helps with re-integration.

Apart from STOP’s signature program, they also started a new project called 100 Stories HK with a couple of their community partners half a year ago. It is a collaborative social media project which aims to share real life experiences from survivors of trafficking – which will be launched by mid-May 2017.

Why #RunforSTOP?
A safe place for victims of trafficking to temporarily stay plays a critical part in the healing process. It allows the victims to begin regaining the control that was lost as a result of their victimization.

STOP foresees that this shelter will offer improved and increased standards of accommodation, security, and other supporting services to people who experience physical and psychological abuse and who are in danger from their immediate family environment.

Violence can cause significant and long-term injuries, both physical and psychological, which are difficult to heal, especially for young ethnic minority female. The shelter will provide them with a safe environment and opportunities to entertain and educate, while their court proceedings are being dealt with.

In 2017, STOP is hoping to raise HK$500,000 to establish a shelter which designated for victims of human trafficking in order to provide a holistic care. And with your participation, they can achieve that.

Date: 1 – 4 December 2017

Place: Siem Reap, Cambodia

Full Tour Package WITH flight
Tour package includes marathon registration, 3 nights accommodation at a 4-star hotel, 2 lunches, airport to hotel return transfer, event transport, team jersey, travel insurance and direct flight.
* 21km Half Marathon – HK$7,620 + $404 (Tax)
* 10km Road Race – HK$7,580 + $404 (Tax)
* 3km Family Run with children UNDER 5 years old
2 adults & 1 child – HK$18,100 + $1,212 (Tax)
Additional children – HK$4,100 + $404 (Tax) per child
* 3km Family Run with children ABOVE 5 years old
2 adults & 1 child – HK$18,420 + $1,212 (Tax)
Additional children – HK$4,420 + $404 (Tax) per child

Basic Tour package WITHOUT flight
Tour package includes marathon registration, 3 nights accommodation at a 4-star hotel, 2 lunches, airport to hotel return transfer, event transport, team jersey, and travel insurance.
* 21km – HK$2,850 + $520 (marathon registration fee)
* 10km – HK$2,850 + $480 (marathon registration fee)

For full information on this run, please go to their website

To register your interest, please fill out the Online Application Form. For any inquiries, please contact Ms. Lolly Law at lolly.law@vcsl.org

ScCO needs Flag Day Volunteers

13 Apr

Society for Community Organization was founded over 40 years ago to champion the rights of the grassroots of society in Hong Kong. During the 1970s, driven by a strong commitment to promote community development, a group of social-minded missionaries came together to start this organization. Since then, their cause has been mainly financed through donations from overseas churches, the Community Chest, government and individuals.

ScCO’s Flag Day will be held on 22 Jul 2017 (Saturday).

ScCO hopes to raise $600,000 so that their cause to combat local poverty can be sustained. Rest assured that funds raised will be used solely for serving the disadvantaged groups locally and civil rights education in Hong Kong.

Support ScCO’s flag day to show your care and concern to the underprivileged.

Date: Saturday, 22 July 2016

Time: 7:30am – 12:30pm

Place: Kowloon

Individual and group volunteers are welcome. For more information and to download the application form, please visit their website.

About Society for Community Organization (SoCO): Society for Community Organization (SoCO) is a human rights pioneer in Hong Kong. SoCO firmly believes that everyone should be entitled to equal rights. Equal opportunity for participation and fair distribution of social resources is the foundation of human rights. In the face of the widening disparity between the rich and the poor, and the increasingly restrictive political arena, SoCO stands firm in their crusade to establish an equal society and to build a strong power base for the people. SoCO is motivated by a common dream, and that is: “Let us work hand in hand and shoulder to shoulder to build a caring, equal and just society“.

SoCO is an incorporated, non-profit-making and non-governmental community organization. It was formed in 1972 by people from the Catholic and the Protestant church under the ecumenical movement.

It was financially supported by donations from overseas churches, the Hong Kong Community Chest, the Hong Kong Government and individuals. SoCO has, through civic education programs and social actions, nurtured grassroots people with a sense of civic rights so that they can exert their political power to the Government. These people have, during the course, regained their self-confidence and cemented with one another to champion for an equal social system. In view of the plight of the marginalized groups, SoCO also provides direct and emergent services to temporarily relieve their hardships.

Volunteer for Helpers for Domestic Helpers

12 Jan

hdh
In 2016, there are more than 340,000 Foreign Domestics Workers in Hong Kong. Filipinos comprise the majority, followed by Indonesians. The remainder is made up of Thais and other Asians.

Helpers for Domestic Helpers (HDH) is a non profit organization that provides free advice and assistance on employment, immigration and human rights issues to domestic workers in Hong Kong.

Their mission is to ensure that every domestic worker in Hong Kong, irrespective of race, nationality, religion or gender, has access to justice and receives equal and fair treatment before the law. Every year, HDH deals with more than 1,000 new clients and respond to an average of 3,500 requests for telephone and face to face consultations and assistance.

HDH was originally founded in 1989 by a small group of lawyers who worshipped at St John’s Cathedral, where Filipino domestic workers are a substantial part of the congregation. The lawyers recognised a widespread need for free legal counselling and practical assistance for domestic helpers who could seldom afford the professional services of a private lawyer. The work began informally, with Sunday “clinics” in Cathedral premises to which helpers could bring their problems and receive help in resolving them. The operation soon became full-time, operating under a small core of full-time staff as the demand for its services increased beyond the capacity of just a few volunteers.

Over the years, HDH has assisted thousands of domestic helpers in distress – over 1,700 new clients in 2013 alone – and helped recover millions of dollars in compensation through the courts or by direct intervention.

The services HDH provides include:
hdh2– Explaining to domestic workers their legal rights and guiding them in pursuing claims in the Labour Tribunal and other Courts;
– Giving advice in cases where a domestic helper is accused of a criminal offence which, typically, will be one arising from or otherwise connected with their immigration status or employment;
– Assisting domestic helpers to draft witness statements and Court documents for use in Court proceedings;
– Preparing clients for conciliation meetings and Court hearings;
– Liaising with various Government agencies including the Police, Immigration and Labour Departments about clients’ cases; and
– Writing letters to employers and recruitment agencies on behalf of clients and helping to negotiate settlement agreements when possible, to avoid protracted litigations.
– Assisting in the recovery of personal belongings and other documents unlawfully taken from them.
– Assisting clients in recovery of excessive and unlawful commission (placement fees) paid to employment agencies.

What you can do to help
Are you interested in making a difference in the community? Last year, HDH helped over 1,700 domestic workers access justice and provided them with free advice and support, with the help of pro bono lawyers from various international law firms in Hong Kong. HDH is looking for volunteers to help them continue this important work and they are especially keen to hear from volunteers who have the following skills and experience:
– Grant Writing
– Advocacy
– Translation (especially Tagalog, Bahasa Indonesia, Malagasi, Cantonese or Mandarin)
– Office Administration
– Fundraising
– Event Management
– Media, PR or Communication

If you can contribute in one or more of these categories, please send your CV/resumé and the Volunteer Application Form to Holly Allan at HDH@stjohnscathedral.org.hk with ‘Volunteer Applicant’ in the subject line.