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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

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Volunteer for Teen’s Key

7 Jun

Teen’s Key – Young Women Development Network is a non-profit organization that focuses on vulnerable teenage girls in Hong Kong. They support young girls who are at high risk of unwanted pregnancies, young mothers, as well as young girls in the sex industry and so on.

If you are interested in Teen’s Key’s services and would like to support their young women, they would more than welcome your help. Just fill in application form by following this link to their website to become one of their volunteers. Teen’s Key will use the basic information provided as a means of contacting and distributing suitable volunteer activities’ specifics to you.

For more information, please visit their website.

About Teen’s Key: Established in 2011 in Hong Kong, Teen’s Key looks to provide support for displaced, young teenaged girls vulnerable to entering prostitution. As little support is available for this formative age group of young girls, Teen’s Key is looking to fill the gap as they require more holistic care and careful counselling so they are can eventually attain a future away from prostitution.

Teen’s Key‘s Keys for Girls program aims, through education, to equip vulnerable young girls the life skills, knowledge and positive social network that will help them rebuild their own lives.

Teen’s Key is a three person strong team, who reached out to over 7,000 young girls working in the Hong Kong prostitution industry through our more than 900 outreach programs and over 1,000 counselling sessions. Additionally, they have conducted over 1,600 private HIV tests and joined the Hong Kong AIDS Commission in 2014.

In 2015, Teen’s Key received the “With and For Girls Award” global award, an award sponsored by many international organizations such as the Nike Foundation, The Malala Fund, Plan UK, Stars Foundation, The Global Fund for Children, Empower, Mama Cash and the Novo Foundation.

Crowdfunding for Girls’ Education – Key for Girls Fund

8 May

Take action! Give Girls in sex industry an opportunity for education!

My name is Kat*. At 15, I sold my body to survive.”
Kat is just one of many young Hong Kong girls who due to life circumstances, entered prostitution as a means of survival.

It is 2017, Hong Kong becomes more affluent, these girls become more and more left behind. KEY for Girls campaign hopes to crowdfund raising funds for scholarships for as many as 20 local young girls like Kat.
*Fake name

Unlocking Doors of Opportunities
The Key for Girls campaign’s aim is to crowdfund Financial Assistance Scholarships for this group of 20 local girls who have left school and are currently working in the sex trade in Hong Kong.

Education has long been an important factor in unlocking doors of opportunities. The funds will be used to allow this group of 20 girls to attend vocational and night schooling in order to leave the trade. Around HK$8,000 is needed per girl in order to finance them to go back to school.

Teen’s Key – Young Women Development Network has already a few successful young girls who have gone through this program, and therefore, with your help, hope to put more through school.

What Your Funds Will Cover
* School admission fees, and
* Tutorial costs required to help these girls become accustomed to learning again and a school environment
Teen’s Key will help these girls apply for government subsidies to cover tuition costs.

The program will allow these girls to start school this September 2017.

With your help Teen’s Key can come together to support this group of girls and build a Hong Kong community which is willing to accept them back to society.

Teen’s Key appreciates and dearly thank you for your support and encouragement for the girls.

Funding Categories:
$100 – you will receive a handmade leather bookmark
$100 – you will receive a handmade dreamcatcher
$175 – handmade leather bookmark + dreamcatcher set
$500 – set of handmade leather bookmarks
$8,000 – a personal guided tour with Executive Director, Bowie Lam, founder of Teen’s Key exploring the other side of Hong Kong where you will see some of the nightclubs where they do outreach, discover the history of the sex industry in Hong Kong.

Funding ends: 28 June 2017

For more information and to support this project, please follow this link to FringeBacker.

About Teen’s Key: Established in 2011 in Hong Kong, Teen’s Key looks to provide support for displaced, young teenaged girls vulnerable to entering prostitution. As little support is available for this formative age group of young girls, Teen’s Key is looking to fill the gap as they require more holistic care and careful counselling so they are can eventually attain a future away from prostitution.

Teen’s Key‘s Keys for Girls program aims, through education, to equip vulnerable young girls the life skills, knowledge and positive social network that will help them rebuild their own lives.

Teen’s Key is a three person strong team, who reached out to over 7,000 young girls working in the Hong Kong prostitution industry through our more than 900 outreach programs and over 1,000 counselling sessions. Additionally, they have conducted over 1,600 private HIV tests and joined the Hong Kong AIDS Commission in 2014.

In 2015, Teen’s Key received the “With and For Girls Award” global award, an award sponsored by many international organizations such as the Nike Foundation, The Malala Fund, Plan UK, Stars Foundation, The Global Fund for Children, Empower, Mama Cash and the Novo Foundation.

852 Freedom Campaign

7 Dec

852-logoThe 852 Freedom Campaign is a new justice movement with a focus on raising up our next generation’s abolitionists to help end modern slavery in our lifetime.

This is a city-wide movement of fighting modern slavery and 852 Freedom Campaign is mobilizing churches, companies, schools to volunteer their talents and do their part to help.

852-freedom-campaign-3852 Freedom Campaign is also partnering with frontline NGO workers who help victims of slavery and exploitation. And they are campaigning with an international TV channel to reach the city of Hong Kong and through their network of more than 1,400 churches. People from over 30 different churches supported their first event, the Sweatshop Challenge, on May 8, 2015.

Objective
To mobilize ordinary people across Hong Kong and Asia to play an active role in fighting human slavery by using their skills and abilities to raise awareness, funding and new initiatives. See this article in SCMP on 6 November 2016.

Target Groups
852-freedom-campaign-1Target group includes anyone who has a heart for wanting to see slavery end. This includes: Christians, students, business people, professionals, NGO workers, and the general public.

Partners
To help address this important human rights issue, the 852 Freedom Campaign, the International Christian Assembly (ICA) Church and The Mekong Club have initiated a new justice movement entitled “852 Freedom Campaign” with a focus on raising up the next generation’s abolitionists to help end modern slavery in our lifetime. Any organization willing to join from all areas, including: churches, corporations, NGOs, schools, universities, and community groups etc.

Approach
852-freedom-campaign-2The objective of the 852 Freedom Campaign is to mobilize ordinary people across Hong Kong to play an active role in fighting human slavery by using their skills and abilities to raise awareness, funding and new initiatives.

If you are interested in adding your voice to the 852 Freedom Campaign, please reach out by following this link and complete the contact form.

Justice Centre Hong Kong

24 May

justice centreJustice Centre Hong Kong is a non-profit human rights organisation working fearlessly to protect the rights of Hong Kong’s most vulnerable forced migrants: refugees, other people seeking protection, survivors of torture, human trafficking and forced labour.

Launched in 2014, Justice Centre Hong Kong was formerly Hong Kong Refugee Advice Centre, which over seven years, helped more than 2,000 refugee men, women and children on the road to a new life.

Building on their expertise in refugee issues, they identified a clear need for an increased response to tackling forced labour and human trafficking in Hong Kong, and expanded their remit to fill this gap.

Justice Centre Hong Kong advocates with and for forced migrants, bringing their voices into the public debate. They campaign for legislative and policy change, conduct research and work with the media and civil society to fight root causes and change systems and minds.

Justice Centre Hong KongAt their centre in Sai Ying Pun, people seeking protection in Hong Kong receive free and independent legal information and specialised legal and psychosocial assistance.

Justice Centre Hong Kong receives no government funding. Instead, they have spearheaded an innovative pro-bono working model that sees leading international law firms provide financial assistance and donate hours to help with legal research and support. They also harness funding from a variety of trusts and foundations and through individual donations.

How you can help:

There are numerous opportunities to volunteer with Justice Centre Hong Kong from protection claimant services and research to fundraising and events, design & communications. Justice Centre Hong Kong recruits committed and passionate individuals according to their current needs. Most volunteer opportunities require a long-term commitment (usually six months) and the right to work in Hong Kong. Justice Centre Hong Kong advertise volunteer opportunities on their website and in their quarterly e-newsletter; sign up for updates here.

Development Associate
This is an exciting volunteer opportunity to join their Fundraising and Development team in raising vital funds for our direct services and advocacy work to protect the rights of refugees, other people seeking protection, survivors of torture, human trafficking and forced labour.

This is an ideal role for someone seeking a part-time opportunity to use their skills in PR/marketing/fundraising/business development, and will suit some-one who is passionate about leveraging their knowledge and connections to create long-lasting partnerships to secure funding and support for the work of Justice Centre Hong Kong. For more details of the scope of the role, please click here.

The role requires a commitment of 3 days per week for six months. To apply, please email your CV and cover letter to jobs@justicecentre.org.hk by 5pm on Friday June 10. Applicants invited for interview will be contacted by Tuesday June 14. Unfortunately, due to the high level of interest in their organisation, Justice Centre Hong Kong is only able to reply to shortlisted applicants.

Click here to find out about their other vacancies.

Young Advocates Programme
The Young Advocates Programme (YAP) is a unique programme for high school students to gain hands-on experience in a human rights setting, with coaching by Justice Centre Hong Kong staff and an opportunity to develop the skills and experience they need as they start the process of applying for university courses.

Building on their extensive experience leading practical clinic programmes to mentor university students, YAP was launched four years ago to extend this valuable mentorship to a select group of high school students in order to build up the future generation of human rights advocates.

Through the intensive programme, Young Advocates get involved in all areas of Justice Centre Hong Kong’s work, from the provision of legal and psychosocial support to refugees, to anti-human trafficking research and advocacy. Places are limited to two places per programme in order to enable them to offer a tailored programme to each Young Advocate and for their staff to dedicate time to mentoring and coaching them.

Who can apply?
YAP is open to select students who have Hong Kong residency and are aged between 15 – 18 years old. Young Advocates should have a keen interest in human rights law, NGO management and refugee rights. The programme is aimed at students interested in a career in law, human rights, government, social policy, or NGO management generally.

How do I apply?
Applications for YAP are now closed for the summer 2016 programme. Details of the Summer 2017 will be available in December 2016. Please contact Zamira Monteiro at zamira@justicecentre.org.hk for enquiries.