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Justice Centre Young Advocates Programme

3 Jan

Young Advocates and Clinical Legal Education students

Applications for the 2019 Young Advocates Programme are now open. Please click here to read Justice Centre’s detailed information pamphlet.

What is the Young Advocates Programme?: The Young Advocates Programme (YAP) is a unique programme for high school students to gain hands-on experience in a non-profit setting.

Through the intensive programme, Young Advocates engage in all areas of Justice Centre’s work, from the provision of legal and psychosocial support to refugees, to anti-human trafficking research and advocacy. Young Advocates also receive one-to-one personal coaching and mentorship from Justice Centre’s highly-qualified international staff lawyers and policymakers, helping students develop important skills, knowledge, and experience as they begin applying for university courses.

Who can apply?: YAP is open to students who have Hong Kong residency and are aged between 15 – 18. 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, psychology, social sciences, human rights, politics, or NGO management generally.

Places are limited to four Young Advocates per programme to allow Justice Centre to offer a tailored programme to each Young Advocate.

Programme dates: Justice Centre runs four programmes per year; one in the spring and three in the summer.

Spring Programme 2019 (two weeks):
15 – 26 April 2019

Summer Programme 2019 (three weeks):
(i) 17 June – 5 July 2019
(ii) 8 – 26 July 2019
(iii) 26 July – 16 August 2019

How do I apply?: For more information on the cost and content of the programme, and to request an application form, please contact Justice Centre at YAP@justicecentre.org.hk

Open evening: If you would like to find out more about the YAP and Justice Centre’s work, Justice Centre will be hosting an open evening and information session for prospective applicants at Justice Centre offices at 6:45pm on Thursday, 17 January 2019.

To RSVP, please contact Justice Centre at YAP@justicecentre.org.hk

About Justice Centre Hong Kong: Justice 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, and 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, Justice Centre Hong Kong 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. Justice Centre Hong Kong campaigns 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 Kong provides people seeking protection in Hong Kong with free and independent legal information and specialised legal and psychosocial assistance.

Justice Centre Hong Kong receives no government funding. Instead, Justice Centre Hong Kong has 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. Justice Centre Hong Kong also harnesses funding from a variety of trusts and foundations and through individual donations.

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Chi Heng Foundation

5 Dec

In the 1990s, blood selling became popular in parts of Central China especially among poor farmers as a means to earn extra money. Many blood collecting stations operated illegally and used unsanitary practices for blood collection, including:

• Pooling and reinjection of blood
• The unclean spinning of blood
• Shared needles

As a result, estimates of as high as 60% of the adult population is infected with HIV in many villages. The exact extent of the tragedy remains unknown. Dr. Gao Yao Jie, an activist for AIDS patients in Henan Province, estimates that up to one million people are infected in Henan province alone.

Founded in 1998, the Chi Heng Foundation is a charity registered and based in Hong Kong with offices in Henan, Anhui, Beijing, Shanghai and Guangzhou. It is a non-government organization whose programs are funded by private donors, business, and partner NGOs.

Chi Heng” means “wisdom in action”, and at CHF they believe they must use their knowledge to help people in need. With this in mind, CHF moves from village to village throughout Central China offering help to all children affected by AIDS, thereby ensuring that no child is excluded and each child’s needs are fully understood.

CHF primarily focuses on paying for the children’s education and living expenses, making sure all funds are delivered directly to schools and programs by their staff. CHF does not operate orphanages or foster homes. Instead, local relatives often take in the children, allowing them to continue to grow up in their native villages. To further decrease their sense of social stigma and isolation, CHF places the children in schools that purposefully integrate the orphans with children not affected by HIV/AIDS. These efforts aim to give orphans a stronger sense of community and belonging.

CHF promises a long-term commitment to helping children not only complete their education but also receive dependable, comprehensive support.

What you can do to help
Volunteer: There are multiple ways to volunteer for the foundation:
* Fundraising
* Awareness raising
* Event planning
* Office support
If you would like to volunteer, please click here to complete the online volunteer registration form.

Intern: Chi Heng offers summer, fall, and spring semester internships, as well as yearlong programs for recent university grads, undergraduates, and graduate students. Internships are unpaid, can be full or part-time, and are offered in the Beijing, Shanghai, and Hong Kong offices. Office hours are Monday-Friday, 9am to 6pm.

Placement is decided upon based on availability and the needs of each office. Start and end dates are flexible, depending on the needs of each intern.

Applicants must demonstrate a strong command of English; knowledge of Mandarin or Cantonese a plus.

Applicants will be asked to select from the following categories to indicate their preferred type of internship:

– Direct Service (limited availability)
– Administration
– Research/Evaluation
– Publications
– Public Relations/Publicity
– Web Page/Computer Graphic Design
– Translation (English/Mandarin Chinese and/or Cantonese)
– Other (must confirm alternate type with CHF before selecting this option)

Applicants should note that though they will specialize in a particular area, they will be involved in a variety of tasks depending on the needs and activities of the organization.

Application instructions:
Applicants must submit a resume, cover letter, and completed Chi Heng Foundation Application Form to CHF. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

The cover letter should answer the following questions:
– Why would you like to work with the Chi Heng Foundation?
– What are your relevant skills and experiences?
– How do they pertain to Chi Heng’s work?

Please click here to download the application form.

Application deadlines are as follows:
Summer semester: April 15
Fall semester: July 15
Spring semester: November 15

For more information please email info@chihengfoundation.com or call 2517 0564

HKwalls Interns Wanted!

4 Oct


由現在到至2019年4月底,HKwalls誠徵1至2名實習生,主要參加2019年的藝術節。應徵者必須年滿18歲,流利粵語和英語,懂讀寫中文,將優先考慮。
HKwalls is looking for interns from now till end of April, to work primarily on the upcoming 2019 festival. Must be over 18 years old, available on weekdays, fluent in Cantonese and English is preferred, added bonus if you can read and write Chinese too!

你是有責任感,充滿好奇及細心的人嗎?係就快D報名喇!
Are you committed, curious, and have crazy attention to details? Join HKwalls!

請填寫下列表格,我們將盡快與你聯絡
Fill out the form here and HKwalls will be in touch

For more information please visit their Facebook page

About HKwalls: HKwalls is a non-profit arts organisation that aims to create opportunities for local and international artists to showcase their talent in Hong Kong and internationally through the mediums of street art and street culture. They celebrate creativity, originality and freedom of expression; actively work on connecting and building relationships with artists, the community and organisations worldwide through high-quality public art, while making the creative process is accessible to all.

HKwalls holds an annual street art festival in Hong Kong during Hong Kong’s art month each March, as well as year round programming that focuses on artists’ career development and raising awareness through the arts.