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CALL FOR VOLUNTEERS – Typhoon Mangkhut relief

20 Sep

The devastating impact has been felt across Hong Kong, from fallen trees and unearthed pavements to loss of electricity and even access to drinking water. Miraculously no lives were lost, but many Hong Kong NGOs—and individuals—are in need of immediate support.

Please follow this link to the appeal that Hands On has sent out on behalf of a number of organisations looking for volunteers.

Let’s join hands and help the less fortunate in Hong Kong get back on their feet!

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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“.

Variety – the Children’s Charity Hong Kong

13 May

Variety – the Children’s Charity Hong Kong is dedicated to improving the lives of children in Hong Kong who live with a serious illness, disability or disadvantage.

Variety – the Children’s Charity Hong Kong does not focus on any single illness or disability. Instead, they aim to address the needs of children who are sick, disadvantaged or live with disabilities and other special needs who are not getting the help they need.

Variety – the Children’s Charity Hong Kong generally does not make cash payments directly to beneficiaries. Instead, they aim to provide physical and practical resources to meet the unmet needs of disadvantaged children and to relieve the burden on their families. Their objective is to enable disadvantaged children reach their full potential and enjoy a more fulfilling life.

Although Variety’s work is serious, they never forget the importance of having fun. Bringing smiles to the faces of children is a positive and fun experience for Variety volunteers, sponsors and supporters.

Of course, they can’t do everything on their own. Variety – the Children’s Charity Hong Kong proudly works in partnership with other children’s agencies and charities in Hong Kong and they welcome the support of any person or organization that shares their ideals and objectives.

Variety – the Children’s Charity Hong Kong is focused solely on Hong Kong children who are living with a disadvantage. All funds raised in Hong Kong are applied for the benefit of disadvantaged children in Hong Kong.

What you can do to help
People from all walks of life can help children through Variety by becoming a regular donor, attending an event, organizing a fundraising event, taking part in a personal challenge like a marathon or trek, leaving a bequest in their will or volunteering.

Donate: People from all walks of life can help children through Variety by becoming a regular donor, attending an event, organizing a fundraising event, taking part in a personal challenge like a marathon or trek, leaving a bequest in their will or volunteering. To donate please follow this link

Gifts and services in-kind: Gifts and services in-kind are a vital element in enabling Variety to meet its vision and mission. Gifts of auction and raffle prizes for events, business skills such as legal or accountancy advice or technology and office items are all necessary to successfully deliver Variety’s vision and mission.

For more information about HOW YOU CAN HELP please email info@variety.org.hk

Volunteer: As Variety – the Children’s Charity Hong Kong grows and their programs develop, they will need assistance in many ways, such as fundraising events, assistance with outings for children and with the administration of their programs and events.

Use your talent, experience and passion to make a real difference to Hong Kong children in need. There is nothing more rewarding than seeing a child’s face light up and knowing your contribution has helped make it happen. For more information about HOW TO BECOME A VARIETY VOLUNTEER please email info@variety.org.hk.

Just the Ticket

9 May

Just the Ticket is a Hong Kong-based non-profit organisation that provides access to cultural events to people in need. They do so by providing a centralised platform where events organisers can donate tickets to their events to existing charities and other non-profit organisations.

Mission: Just the Ticket believes the arts can enrich and transform lives as well as bring communities closer together — and Just the Ticket wants to make sure all citizens of Hong Kong have access to the full diversity of cultural and recreational activities in the city.

What you can do to help
Become a Beneficiary: Are you a tax-exempt charity organization? Would the population you serve benefit from greater access to arts, culture and education events? Click here to learn how you can register with Just the Ticket.

Donate Tickets: To make cultural events in Hong Kong accessible to those in need, Just the Ticket needs, well . . . tickets! Click here to donate.

Donate Money: Imagine making it possible for a disabled child in Hong Kong to see their first live ballet performance, for an elderly pensioner to see a Cantonese opera, or for a low-income family to experience the joys of the symphony. Click here to donate

Volunteering: Volunteering with Just The Ticket is also a valuable opportunity to learn more about nonprofits in Hong Kong. Follow this link and click on the Join Today button

For more information, please email sara@justthetickethk.org

Feeding Hong Kong

25 Feb

Every day, 3,400 tonnes of food waste are sent to landfills in Hong Kong, while one million people live in poverty struggling to afford nutritious meals. Feeding Hong Kong bridges this gap by linking food companies and charities to redistribute surplus food from where it is plentiful, to where there is a need.

Feeding Hong Kong rescues
quality surplus food from the food industry that would otherwise go to waste.

Feeding Hong Kong redistributes
food to charities feeding those in need.

Feeding Hong Kong collaborates
with volunteers to collect, sort and deliver food.

Feeding Hong Kong partners
with community partners to raise awareness and make positive change in society.


What you can do to help

Warehouse Session : Organise a group to help sort and pack food in their warehouse.

The Bread Run : Volunteer as Bread Runners and help collect surplus bread.

Food Drive : Host a food drive to collect food donations for those in need.

Meet & Greet : Visit their warehouse to learn about food banks.

For more information, call Feeding Hong Kong at Tel: +852 2205 6568

International Women’s Day Breakfast: Two Tales of Global Impact

23 Feb

World change starts with educated children, and yet so many children around the world face immense barriers to access to education. For both speakers, adversity has been both the obstacle to and the drive behind persevering through challenges to be able to continue their path to education and success in personal and professional life. Join Room to Read this March 8th for “International Women’s Day Breakfast: Two Tales of Global Impact” to hear their inspiring life stories!

Neelam, Room to Read Girls’ Education Program Graduate
From an urban slum area of northwest region of Delhi, Neelam was destined to a life of poverty. Born to a father who works as a fresh produce seller in the local market, and mother who is a domestic helper, Neelam grew up to become the backbone of her family, taking care of her asthmatic mother and brothers and sisters. The turning point in Neelam’s life came in year 2005, when she became part of Room to Read’s Girls’ Education Program (GEP) after which, for the first time, Neelam came to know of a different world where she would learn and do interesting things. Despite the many challenges she encountered during the program, Neelam has successfully attained her Bachelor degree in Commerce in 2015 and currently works in the Department of Telecommunications at the Ministry of Communications and and IT.

Elisa Chongbang, Multicultural Learning Facilitator, Hong Kong Christian Service
Elisa is a proud Hong Kong Nepalese woman, whose grandfather came to the city in the 1960s as an officer in the British Army. Hong Kong is her “Karmabhoomi”, meaning a place whose growth she will aid in and contribute to making it a racially harmonious and inclusive city. Since 2014, Elisa has been working in providing direct services to ethnic minorities as a part of her career. She produced the RTHK CIBS radio program called “Role Model: Someone To Look Up To” which aims at motivating the HK Nepali youth by interviewing 13 empowered HK Nepali people, as well as a short video titled “Namaskar Hong Kong” through the WeDo Global Social Issue Video Competition. Her work has helped to preserve Hong Kong Nepali culture and continuously works at improving the self-identity of numerous Hong Kong Nepali youth. She was awarded the Hong Kong Unison Scholarship, which provided her with further training on social policy and advocacy. She is a volunteer with PathFinders, advocating maternity rights for foreign domestic helpers. She is also a Social Justice fellow of Resolve Foundation. Furthermore, she has been volunteering at an organisation that works on promoting mental health care in Hong Kong for the past three years. She wants to keep working on empowering ethnic minorities in Hong Kong, mental health care for children and adolescents, as well as the rights of foreign domestic workers. In her spare time, she likes to sew, write, read and brainstorm new ideas for her future projects.

*Tickets included coffee and breakfast
**Audio and Visual Content will be recorded by the Mettā Team

Date: Thursday, 8 March 2018

Time: 8-9:30am

Place: Mettā, 21/F California Tower, Lan Kwai Fong

Price: $150 from EventBrite

About Room to Read : Room to Read seeks to transform the lives of millions of children in low-income countries by focusing on literacy and gender equality in education. Working in collaboration with local communities, partner organizations and governments, Room to Read develops literacy skills and a habit of reading among primary school children, and support girls to complete secondary school with the relevant life skills to succeed in school and beyond.

Crossroads Foundation – Student Summer Internships

15 Feb

Crossroads Foundation recruits students from universities and colleges to participate in its annual internship programme. Students are given the opportunity to be assistant managers in most of our many departments and to help in the running of them. They work with people from around the world while gaining vital, real-world English-environment, work experience.

Roles available include communications, design, translation, accounting, administration, research, goods preparation for distribution, shipping, computing, catering, hospitality, simulation experiential programmes, our fair trade marketplace and café. Students are awarded a certificate and a reference letter from Crossroads on completion of the internship programme.

Date: Students commit to a six-week, full-time service period. Our work week is Tuesday through Saturday, from 10:00am to 5:00pm.

First intake: June 5th – July 14th 2018 (Deadline for applications is May 12th)

Second intake: July 10th – August 18th 2018 (Deadline for applications is June 16th)

Time: Crossroads working hours for interns are 10am to 5pm Tuesday to Saturday. They are closed on public holidays unless advised otherwise.

Place: Internships take place at the Crossroads Village, 2 Castle Peak Road, Tuen Mun.

How: Interested students should complete an internship application form. They will then undertake a brief interview and, in the following weeks, be notified as to whether they have been accepted and in which department they have been placed. After completing 6 full time weeks of internship, each student will receive a certificate and a letter of reference from Crossroads. These are awarded at an internship celebration at the end of the period or upon finishing the programme.

Note: Students who are not in Hong Kong at the time of the interviews may complete their interviews online. Email us for more details at volunteer@crossroads.org.hk.

About : Crossroads Foundation is a Hong Kong based, non-profit organisation serving global need. They believe that, in a broken world that sees too much suffering, we should do all we can to link those who are in need with those who can provide help. So Crossroads provides an intersection, literally a crossroads, to bring both together. They offer four global crossroads services:

Global Distribution: This distributes Hong Kong’s quality excess goods as needed, internationally and locally. It provides a crossroads between need and supply.

Global X-perience: This offers simulated x-periences of global need. It provides a crossroads between the lifestyles of the rich and poor.

Global Handicrafts: This sells fair trade goods from people in poverty. It is a crossroads between those needing a fair income and those with buying power.

Global Hand: This provides a ‘matching’ website for public-private partnerships. It is a crossroads between for-profit and non-profit organisations who wish to address global need.